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Officers Caught Smuggling People into Uganda Face Dire Consequences

Speaking at the Uganda Media Center today, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola took the accusation very seriously and has instituted different measures to help weed out the bad apples.
15 Apr 2020 17:47
Brig. Karemire

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Immigration and Police officers have been warned of dire consequences if they are caught facilitating people to enter Uganda illegally.

As a means of defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, President Yoweri Museveni last month banned all arrivals and exits in and out of Uganda by all persons irrespective of their citizenship status.

The president emphasized the need to keep all borders closed during his address on Tuesday,  but pointed out that Uganda still has a challenge of staving off the pandemic because of corrupt tendencies by immigration and security officers at the border points. These officers, Museveni said, allow people in the country after paying bribes and warned that anyone caught in the act will be charged with murder or attempted murder.

Speaking at the Uganda Media Center today, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola took the accusation very seriously and has instituted different measures to help weed out the bad apples.

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Jacob Siminyu, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs said that the Director of Immigration Maj. Gen. Apollo Kasiita Gowa, had also instituted a committee to investigate the allegations and anybody caught in the practice will be disciplined accordingly.

The police called upon communities at border points to remain vigilant and report anybody they suspect had entered the country illegally. In that regard, the police put up a WhatsApp number 0779999999 at the tactical emergence centre to report any security officers who are abusing the interventions that were instituted by the government to fight the spread of the COVID -19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, security agencies have also appealed to Ugandans to continue adhering to the presidential directives on COVID-19. The Uganda People’s Defense Forces spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire said that people must realize that everything that the government is doing is in their own interest.

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In relation to crime and other violations of the presidential directives, the police in Bushenyi arrested eight people for flouting rules. 14 others were arrested in Rukiga and three others in Rubanda district.

Meanwhile, Police in Mpigi district is holding a 72-year-old woman who together with her son, Kyomuhendo Julius tortured  her granddaughter Kansiime Maureen, 14, to death, accusing her of slaughtering her chicken.

In Marahca district, two brothers had a fight that led to the intervention of their father who one of them ended up kicking causing his death. The two brothers each also hacked the other and are all struggling for their lives yet murder charges await them if they recover.  

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