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Kyotera Police Posts Yet to Re-open 3-Years After Gun Theft

Luti police post which was meant to serve the areas of Luti, Kyampagi, Kalagala, Gayaza A, Gayaza B, Kyakuduse, Kamenya, and Bukalasa villages, was closed in October 2017, after thugs raided the police post and stole a gun from the police constable on duty.
Luti police post that closed after thugs raided and stole a gun. photo by Davis Buyondo

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Luti police post in Kasaali town council and Kasambya police post in Nabigasa sub-county, Kyotera district remain closed for more than three years.

Luti police post which was meant to serve the areas of Luti, Kyampagi, Kalagala, Gayaza A, Gayaza B, Kyakuduse, Kamenya, and Bukalasa villages, was closed in October 2017, after thugs raided the police post and stole a gun from the police constable on duty.

Although the gun was recovered three months after the attack, the post has remained closed to date, allegedly due to a lack of personnel and finances to run the post. After the incident, area leaders wrote to the district and regional police authorities to reinstate the two police posts to curb crime in their communities in vain.

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police Spokesperson says that the police authorities don't have enough personnel to manage the two posts and the funds to run their operations. But Luti Cell Chairman Stephen Kawuki says the development has compromised the security of the eight villages.

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Kawuki says crime rates have been escalating because criminals operate without pursuit and residents find it hard to travel to report cases at Kyotera Police station, a distance of seven kilometres away. 

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Irene Nanteza, a resident of Luti says criminals usually hide in the bush around the abandoned police post, making it extremely risky for children and women to move around that spot. She adds that packs of stray dogs have also found shelter in the bush from where they attack and kill domestic animals, and pose another threat to minors.

Muzafaru Senkima, a resident of Kyampagi village says that the absence of police in the parish has forced residents to settle criminal cases such as rape, and defilement at the family level. However, John Mzee Kyeyune, who donated the land and building for a police station has given police up to the end of this year to occupy the place or to use it for other projects or to sell it off.

In Nabigasa sub-county, Kasambya police post was abandoned by the constables for lack of facilitation to run it.  According to Experito Kirembeka, the councillor representing Kijejja Parish, the officers worked for a few months and disappeared.  He adds that the crimes such as defilement, theft, and others have become rampant in the parish without police in place.   He says they currently use Katana and Beteleemu police posts and Kyotera police station which are miles apart.

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However, Muhammad Nsubuga further says that before the police posts are revived, residents should use the existing LC systems, the Parish, and sub-county Internal security officers for any crimes and emergencies.  

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