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Ochola Approves Establishment of Police Post on Land Donated by Late IGP Oryema

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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.
The Aswa Region Police Commander Damalie Nachuha and Nancy Oryema, the granddaughter of Erinayo Oryema inspecting the land for building police post -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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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 Nwoya District.

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 only benefit the late Oryema’s family but the entire community of Purongo Sub –County.

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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.