Nancy Oryema, the granddaughter of the late Wilson Erinayo Oryema says Nwoya District Local Government has already approved the building plan for the police post, saying they need about Shillings 230million according to the bills of quantity.
Uganda Police Force has
approved a request to establish a police post on a piece of land donated by the
family of the late former Inspector General of Police, Wilson Erinayo Oryema in
The late Oryema’s family made a request to the
Inspector-General of Police IGP, Martin Okoth Ochola in July 2019 to establish
the post on a one-acre piece of land found in Lagaji Cell, Tangi Ward, Purongo
Sub –County. The land is part of the deceased’s 6,000 acres of land bordering
Murchison Falls Game Park.
Damalie Nachuha, the Aswa River Region Police
Commander told URN in an interview that upon following all the necessary
procedures, Ochola wrote to her office-giving green light for the establishment
of the Police Post.
Nachuha, who inspected the land with the family of the
deceased former IGP, says that the plans to establish post did not only come because
of the request from Erinayo’s family but also the fact that the area has a huge population and registers criminal cases
like poaching and theft among others.
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Nachuha revealed that although there is no infrastructure
in the area, she would deploy some police officers in the area to start work, as
plans to build the structures are ongoing.
Nancy Oryema, the granddaughter of the late Wilson Erinayo
Oryema says Nwoya District Local Government has already approved the building
plan for the police post, saying they need about Shillings 230million according
to the bills of quantity.
She revealed that they would start with fencing
the one-acre piece of land and construction of latrine as they wait for the
police headquarters to pick up from there.
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According to Oryema, the police post shall not
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David Ojok, the Chairman of Lagaji Cell, Tangi
Ward, Purongo Sub County in Nwoya District, says the establishment of the
police post will help reduce rampant crime in the area such as theft; poaching
and land wrangle among others.
The late Wilson Erinayo Oryema was the first Inspector
General of Police who served from 1964 to 1971 before serving as Minister for
Land, Mineral and Water Resources and Land, Housing and Physical Planning
between 1971 and 1977.
Amin’s soldiers killed Oryema alongside
Archbishop Janani Luwum and Interior Minister Charles Oboth Ofumbi in February
1977. The government reburied his remains at his ancestral home in
Tangi Cell, Nwoya district in September 2014.