Grace Matsiko, another security analyst, attributes the persistent crime incidents to lack of public trust in the public force. Matsiko argues that police failure to conclusively investigate crime incidents and turning whistle blowers into suspects killed public zeal towards helping police to fright, prevent and investigate crime.
Security experts have weighed in on the new
security measures unveiled by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Major Gen
Stephen Muzeyi Sabiiti in response to rampant gang attacks in Kampala City,
Wakiso and Mukono districts.
The five-point plan was drafted with the help of
other security head among others, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, the Commander of UPDF Land
Forces, UPDF First Division Commander, Maj. General Samuel Kawagga and heads of
different crucial police directorates.
These five points plan include linkage with and
effective communication with the public where each family shall be given a
telephone line of the nearest station or post, quick and effective response by
diving Kampala Metropolitan into policing zones or security constituencies for
each station and registration and marking of streets and residences to enhance
quick response lighting of streets, individual premises or residences where
“Effective investigations and prosecution of
culprits. To this end, we require a more robust and dedicated prosecution and
judicial set up to handle this violent variant of crime. Government will
discuss modalities with the Judiciary and the DPP [Directorate of Public
Prosecution]” said Sabiiti.
The fourth point is profiling and pursuit of
known repeat offenders, while the fifth is on security ensuring more
visibility, accompanied by camera surveillance (where available) to respond to
“If we step up individual, group/communal
vigilance and consciousness, the risk to individuals can also be largely
mitigated. We shall keep updating you as we proceed with implementation of
these added measures,” Sabiiti said.
Sabiiti unveiled the plan following a directive
of president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni based on back to back media reports on
armed raids in areas of Lubowa, Kajjansi, Kireka, Najjera, Kasangati and Mengo.
Caleb Aluk, a security analyst, and private
investigator with Mesh Consultants, describes the measures as firefighting
techniques. To him, security agencies don’t have a well laid master plan to
deal with crimes of different nature.
Aluk says Sabiiti’s new measures are ordinary
and no different with what police has been saying or attempting to do whenever
there is a worrying crime wave. The investigator says police and its sister
agencies would have sat, digested and incorporated Museveni’s 10-point security
program released last year.
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Museveni’s 10-point program came at the peak of
kidnaps, murders and assassinations. They among others included recruitment of
2400 Local Defense Unit –LDUs personnel, installation of Closed Circuit
Television –CCTV security cameras, finger printing of all guns in the country,
electronic registration of motorcycle number plates, banning wearing of hoods.
Grace Matsiko, another security analyst,
attributes the persistent crime incidents to lack of public trust in the public
force. Matsiko argues that police failure to conclusively investigate crime
incidents and turning whistle blowers into suspects killed public zeal towards
helping police to fright, prevent and investigate crime.
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The Chief Political Commissar Uganda Police
Force, Asan Kasingye accepts that there is sloppiness in response to crime,
investigations. He says they are now focusing on restoring public confidence in
the police force, saying police can’t be successful in fighting crime without
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Like Matsiko, Kasingye says some crimes have
been committed because of slow response of police officers to crime alerts. He
said there is need to change the perception of some officers through