The residents say despite several crimes being committed in the district, the police have done nothing to address the matter. They cite the recent incidents of iron bar hit-men that have killed seven people and left others injured.
The police in Hoima have come under attack for the laxity in security.
The residents say despite several crimes being committed in the district, the police have done nothing to address the matter. They cite the recent incidents of iron bar hit-men that killed seven people and left others injured.
Rogers Ahumuza a boda-Boda rider in Hoima town says that the police have abandoned the routine night patrols. He wants more police posts set up in the outskirts of the town citing areas like Bujumbura, Kiryatete, Kibaati and Kijungu.
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Swaibu Nyangabyaki a resident of Kyabigambire sub county says that security agencies in the district should work together to combat crime.
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Peter Mayanja, the Albertine Regional coordinator for crime preventers says police in the district have refused to work with crime preventers. He says that patrols cannot be done effectively when there are disagreements.
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Simon Kyaligonza Murokole, a resident of Buswekera in Busiisi Division also faults the police for delaying to respond to emergencies.
John Stephen Ekoom, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner, says that residents should first prioritize personal security before blaming security operatives. He explains that some residents are prone to be attacked by criminals because they move during the late hours of the night and police cannot be in every part of the district.
Ekoom, however, says the district security committee has resolved that police should jointly carry out night patrols with the Uganda Peoples Defense forces - UPDF.