President Yoweri Museveni, will tomorrow meet all Regional, District and Division police commanders to discuss security matters in their areas of jurisdiction.
Museveni [in white] with police commanders during Police Council meeting
President Yoweri Museveni, will on Saturday meet all Regional,
District and Division police commanders to discuss security matters in their
areas of jurisdiction.
Don Wanyama, the President’s Senior Press Secretary confirmed that the meeting
will take place but said he was not aware of the agenda since it’s strictly a
security engagement. “Those are security matters and I am not privy to what
will be discussed,” Wanyama said.
Reliable sources have said that the meeting will be attended by more than 200
RPCs, DPCs and District/Division Criminal Investigations commanders.
Initially, according to sources, Museveni was set to meet only RPCs and DPCs
but CID commanders have also been called upon to be part and parcel of the
summit which will be held at Entebbe State House.
Uganda Police Force has 28 policing regions commanded by officers ranging from
the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police –ACP to Superintendent of Police
–SP. Each region has a CID commander. Besides, each RPC has a deputy thus totalling
84 regional police commanders.
Asked whether they had been informed why the President has summoned police
commanders, Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said: “It is strictly a State
House arrangement and I am not aware of what will be discussed.”
Although Wanyama and Enanga said they were not in the know of what will
transpire, sources have said that Museveni wants each of the DPCs to share the
security situation in their areas of command. The President is also said to
have set up a team that has documented security incidents that have been
happening in various policing areas and commanders are expected to discuss
their security plans.
“Some DPCs especially those from areas that currently have high crime incidents
will be put on the spot to tell the President what they have done to restore
normalcy, while commanders that have been involved in chaotic incidents will also be
engaged by the President,” the source said.
Areas that have been put on top of the Agenda where their commanders will be
given priority to present include Karamoja, Sebei, all Kampala policing regions
Karamoja has been facing cattle rustling that has resulted in a gun
exchange between security forces and rustlers. Several security men and
civilians have been wounded and others killed in the fire exchange.
Sources also intimated that Museveni wants to know the RPCs and DPC by name and
face. It is reported that Museveni has noticed that almost every district has a
new face working as DPC or RPC yet during the term of former IGP Gen Kale
Kayihura, the President almost knew all commanders in key districts and urban
There are currently 161 DPCs across the country. Some areas such as Kampala
Metropolitan that includes Kampala City, Wakiso and Mukono districts have 11
DPCs and three RPCs with their overall commander being CP Moses Kafeero.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.