Police in Bunyoro is concerned over missing guns. Since the beginning of the year, three guns have been stolen, two from police officers and one from a private security guard.
According to Albert region police commander Charles Ssebambulidde, none of these guns has been recovered. Ssebambulidde says this has become a source of concern in security circles.
The Regional Police Commander says, athough investigations to recover them are still going on, police appreciates any leads from the public.
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Last month, an AK 47 rifle was stolen from Kakindo police post after unidentified people sneaked into the police post. This was when the Officer in charge Paul Giddudu and one of his juniors briefly left the office to go to the neighborhood.The two police officers have since been detained for neglect of duty, as a hunt for the gun, loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition continues.
In July, another gun was stolen after assailants attacked and beat up a police officer guarding the Hoima Chief Magistrate’s residence in Kijungu, Hoima municipality. In January, unidentified thugs beat up and disarmed a security guard deployed at Hoima Airtel offices.
The three guns are still missing.
Last month a boda-boda cyclist,Joab Kwezi was shot at by two men who hired him to transport them to Bujwahya village in the outskirts of Hoima town.Police say they are yet to apprehend the suspects. Residents and fellow bodaboda cyclists blamed the incident on these unrecovered guns. They demanded that police step up efforts to recover the guns.
Apart from the shooting of a bodaboda cyclist, there has been no major incidents of armed robberies in the region of recent. However Ssebambulidde says, with these stolen guns still unrecovered, there is much to worry about.
The issue of missing guns is not only limited to Bunyoro. Last month UPDF reported that the force's nine guns have gone missing in Napak and Nakapiripirit districts. The guns in question went missing in the last seven months.