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Long Read: At Handover Ceremony, Maj Gen Sabiiti Speaks on Fighting Crime, Public Order in 2021 Elections

Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi has this Monday morning handed over office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police to Maj Gen Paul Loketch at the law enforcement body’s headquarters in Kampala, Chimp Corps report.

Speaking at the handover ceremony today, Sabiiti described his successor as a patriot.

“Let me take this opportunity to welcome the incoming Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Lokech. A person I have known for long, a patriot and committed servant of this Country…” said Sabiiti.

Muzeyi took over office on March 4, 2018, at the height of kidnaps, gun crime, attacks on investors and other violent crimes.

He said in 2018 alone, police brought kidnaps to almost zero and defeated eighteen organized criminal syndicates.

“In 2019, we busted and defeated 10 additional organized criminal syndicates. In total, we were able to defeat 28 organized criminal syndicates. These gangs committed a number of violent crimes of murders, aggravated robbery, and other serious offences.  The attacks on investors were also defeated,” said Sabiiti.

“A total of 87 organized criminals that were targeting factories were arrested in 52 cases and are facing trial in courts of law. Guns recovered in 2018 were 167 with 2,284 rounds and in 2019 were 137 with 1,535 rounds of ammunition in several operations across the country.”

Sabiiti said general crime has also been deliberately and effectively tackled through well-selected, planned and targeted operations.

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“From our analysis, the biggest contributor to crime was theft. This is because, 25.8% of all the cases reported in 2019 were attributed to theft. That is why we targeted markets of stolen items (shops and garages). As a result, we registered 9.2% decrease in theft of mobile phones, 4.4% decrease in theft of motor vehicles, 7.8% decrease in theft of motorcycles, 7.8% decrease in breakings, 7% decrease in burglary, 8% decrease in robberies, etc,” said Sabiiti.

“We also targeted profiled hardcore criminals known to operate in the various parts of the country especially KMP. A number of them were arrested and in partnership with the JLOS partners they are being prosecuted in the courts of law.”

President Museveni recently made changes in the military and police, sending Maj Gen Sabiiti back to the General Headquarters for other assignments.

Regarding the changes in Police, President Museveni implied in the notice that this was aimed at strengthening the Police to take on civil uprisings.

“The Police force must be made to perform its duty of defending Ugandans from lawlessness, threat to life and property,” said Museveni.

“Any police person that does not do this must leave the police. There are thousands ready to replace them,” he emphasised.

Sabiiti today handing over over office to Loketch (L)

The changes came against the backdrop of intense riots that broke out in different parts of Kampala following the arrest of presidential candidates Robert Kyagulanyi and Patrick Amuriat.

ChimpReports understands the biggest test for Sabiiti has been the management of the election exercise that has seen the law enforcement body clash with opposition politicians.

Police have been accused of brutality and disrupting candidates’ scheduled campaign meetings, claims the force denies.

Sabiiti today said public order management has traditionally been challenging given that it usually involves balancing the interests of the political actors and rights of the innocent members of the public whose business is disrupted by often rowdy processions and rallies.

“We have used the legal tools available (Public Order Management Act) to ensure this balance is achieved. One setback that we have experienced is the ruling by the Court of Appeal in March 2020 that nullified Section 8 of the Public Order Management Act which granted the IGP or his delegate powers to stop or prevent the holding of a public meeting. We have been advised that the Attorney General is appealing this decision,” said Sabiiti.

“The COVID-19 pandemic also raised some new challenges that necessitated the enforcement of measures designed to keep the public safe from a highly infectious disease. This has coincided with the general elections, which has made the enforcement of measures to keep people socially distant all the more difficult to enforce. Some of the individuals that have been identified as ring leaders have been arrested and charged with doing unlawful and negligent acts that are likely to spread disease. These include politicians, pastors and entertainers.”

He also cited some challenges which affect police work including inadequate manpower and budgetary constraints which he said affects welfare aspects such as accommodation and utilities (power and water for the officers and their families).

The top leadership of police in group photo

Another constraint, according to Sabiiti is that police work is linked to the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS).

“Some districts do not have Magistrates and Resident State Attorneys (RSAs). There are however continuous discussions with our JLOS partners on the best way forward,” he observed.

Priorities

He said police’s priorities as indicated in its five-year strategic plan starting 2020 includes dealing with slow rates of investigation by increasing the numbers and training detectives; increasing the number of experts such as handwriting experts; improving the case bring up system by implementing the CRMS and interfacing with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP); improving exhibit stores and strengthening Human and Technical Intelligence means.

Other key areas being targeted include extension of INTERPOL services to all borders; expansion of canine services (currently, police are covering 71 out of the 161 police districts); establishing Police Air Wing Maintenance Organization to cut on costs of aircraft maintenance; expansion of marine services to all the lakes; reorganization of Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) and training/equipping to deal with the re-emerging threats especially cattle rustling.

Sabiiti say police also plans to develop training schools especially for: CID, Crime Intelligence, cybercrimes; phased renovation and construction of barracks starting with the barracks in KMP; establishing schools for the children of Police personnel and construction of the Police Hospital; fighting corruption in the Police Force among others.

Achievements

Sabiiti said under his tenure, police conducted simultaneous operations with 15 countries of Eastern Africa Police Cooperation (EAPCCO) and Southern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation SAPCO) targeting transnational crimes namely: terrorism, trafficking in drugs, trafficking in persons, trafficking in small arms and light weapons, theft of motor vehicles where a number of high performance motor vehicles were recovered and are due to be repatriated to their countries of origin.

He further said crime intelligence has been strengthened with deliberately vetted, trained, equipped and deployed personnel to Crime Intelligence Directorate hence countering crime and detecting internal threats to the force (counterintelligence).

Sabiiti said the Directorate of Forensic Sciences has also been reinforced with professionals and necessary equipment to support investigations while the Anti-crime infrastructure such as CCTVs have been installed.

“As chairman CCTV installation steering committee, I can report that we have been able to complete 97% of phase one (KMP) and embarked on phase two which is at 72%. Phase 2 is expected to be completed by 28th May 2021. The existing infrastructure is manned (with trained personnel) and is operational. Additional skilled manpower was also recruited and the recruits have already reported to the training school,” said Sabiiti.

Forensics

The outgoing deputy IGP said police has been able to install 14 out of the 18 targeted installations in KMP with the Automatic Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).

“The workstations for conversion of fingerprints are being installed in the remaining 04 Divisions of KMP including INTERPOL. In addition to these, we have already acquired money for live scans for eight (08) stations outside KMP- Jinja, Gulu, Iganga, Arua, Fortportal, Mbarara, Mbale and Masindi. This system has already helped us in identifying 750 repeat offenders,” he said.

“The DNA equipment was acquired and is being installed. It will help us to analyze crime scene samples like: hair, sweat, saliva, blood, semen, vaginal secretions, etc. Integrated Ballistics Information Systems is running and has enabled us to link firearms in 144 different cases across the country from 2018 to date,” he added.

Regarding gun fingerprinting, Sabiiti said police has been able to collect finger print samples for 96.7% of the Police guns, 99.98% of the Prisons firearms, 87.4% of the Private Security firearms and 50% of the individual firearms (program was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic).

According to Sabiiti, the Criminal Records Management System (CRMS is being developed and so far 59 officers have been trained.

Other key points raised by Sabiiti at his handover ceremony:

  • Flying squad unit was re-established to support crime investigations in 2018 and the unit has contributed immensely to the fight against, especially violent crime.
  • The Police has been dealing with the public to sensitize them (on matters of their security) through the community liaison officers (CLOs), the RPCs and DPCs. Wanainchi are supposed to report to the Police through the Police counter phones at the stations and posts. The coverage of these counter phones is not yet 100%, but it’s above 70%. These counter phones are supposed to be manned 24hrs daily and must be known to the public in order for them to report crime for action.
  • Operations were carried out to target the markets (shops and garages) for stolen/vandalized items such as phones, motorcycles (or motorcycle spare parts) and vandalized utility infrastructure for electricity, water and rail infrastructure codenamed “Tokoora”.
  • On 24/10/2019, a number of recoveries were made as indicated below:

(a)      suspected stolen/robbed electronics such as mobile phones (6,808), laptops (527), desktop computers (10 central processing units, 38 computer hard drives, etc.), TV sets (15 pieces).

(b)      Suspected stolen motorcycles and motorcycle spare parts. 141 motorcycles, 15 motorcycle engines, 19 motorcycle engine shells, 43 sacks of assorted spare parts, etc. This is the time they were targeting riders and robbing them of their motorcycles.

– SOPs have been developed to guide troops while executing their mandate. In order to improve response and visibility, we reconstituted the 999 patrol system, reactivated crime intelligence-led operations and ensuring prosecution led investigations for to ensure successful conviction of offenders.

– A number of construction projects have been completed in the last Financial Year alone:

ICT and Innovation centre (100%).

Garage and Warehouse for Spare Parts at Namanve.

Six Police stations (Luuka, Namutumba, Sironko, Kyenjojo, Paidha and Lyantonde), plus accommodation blocks at six stations (Sironko, Ngora, Budaka, Bulambuli, Kabalye, Kalangala.

Ongoing projects:

  • Renovation of CID HQ at Kibuli (75%) and establishment of CID training school (complete and functional).
  • Construction of a centralized Armoury (70%).
  • Construction of an Aviation Maintenance Centre (55%).
  • Construction of Serere, Omoro and Bududa Police stations and Naguru/Ntinda apartment blocks (60%).

          Human Resource

– Police was able to recruit and train 5,000 police constables and Learner AIPS. The institution had not recruited for two years (since 2016) by the time Sabiiti assumed office.

– The Police Force is recruiting another batch of 5,000 to close the manpower gaps that had affected service delivery.

– A number of courses have been conducted in the aforementioned period: Career development courses-631 officers, specialized courses-2,166, Advanced Specialized courses- 750 officers; Refresher Courses- 6,664 officers, Initial Courses- 15,201 officers and sponsorships 316 officers.

– Re-organisation of the Police structure to include the office of the Chief of Joint Staff to improve planning, supervision and coordination and introduction of committees to improve team work and transparency.

– Embarked on the phased implementation of the Integrated Human Resource Management System to improve manpower accountability and transparency which has so far been rolled out in 15 police regions. 13 regions are yet to be covered.

-Promotions: Found a ban on promotions of personnel by the office of the IGG. The exercise has been embarked on and we are in the final stages.

– In 2018 alone, 279 people were rescued by the Uganda Police Marines in different parts of the country, and 603 victims of trafficking in persons were rescued and settled with their families.

– In 2018, a total of 199,785 tickets under the Express Penalty scheme were issued to traffic offenders amounting to Uganda shillings eighteen billion, eleven million, two hundred and sixty thousand (18,011,260,000/-). Another fifteen billion, six hundred and fifty-five million, ninety thousand shillings (15,655,090,000) was paid as fines by traffic offenders. Other details for 2019 and 2020 can be found on the Police website.

– Under Sabiiti’s tenure, UPF deployed a total of 220 police officers per annum to AMISOM and United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

– UPF has been able to seize and destroy narcotic drugs. A total of 370.362 Kgs worth 9,250,000,000 and 132 Kgs (destroyed 105 kgs) worth 5,505,954,200 Uganda shillings in 2019. In 2020 (69.07kgs of assortment of drugs- cocaine, heroin, etc.)  have been seized and are due for destruction.

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