Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has observed that as 2017 ends, the level of criminality in Uganda has lowered.
Gen Kayihura made the remarks on Friday at the Police Headquarters in Naguru, Kampala as he was releasing his end of year message to Ugandans.
He noted that at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, Uganda was rocked with numerous violent criminal activities that claimed many lives of Ugandans.
The violent crimes that shook diifferent parts of Uganda included a double tragedy in which the late UPDF Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu and the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi were gunned down.
“What should gratify the country is that as 2017 comes to an end, incidents of violent crimes and accidents are reducing,” Kayihura said.
He said the reduced road carnage has been due to the traffic operations like “Fika Salama” that has mainly helped to reduce accidents along the infamous Masaka road.
Additionally, the IGP said the positive move towards crime has happened because of the community policing model that was adopted by police whereby the technical capabilities of the police are combined with the vigilance of the population.
“I have no doubt that Uganda in the very near future be a violence free country,” Kayihura said.
On the spikes of criminality which was characterized by armed attacks and threatening letters in the Greater Masaka, he said: “Suspects were apprehended and are now facing justice in the courts of law.”
He also told newsmen that police has dismantled the criminal gangs that were killing women in Nansana and Entebbe area.