Crime & Investigation

Police Beefs up Security in ‘Deadly Spots’ after Cops Murder

Following a Thursday night nasty incident in which two police officers were gunned down in Kawempe Division, police deployed heavily in what it termed as “deadly and black spots” around Kampala.

The decision was reached in a high level security meeting convened by Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) Commander Frank Mwesigwa.

In the meeting, the KMP boss directed all officers and commanders in the metropolitan area to reinforce security in areas that have become notorious for crime.

“I direct all OC’s & DPC’s in KMP East to focus on areas that have been characterized by permanent black spots. My belief is that criminals are not physical features so can therefore be eliminated and shifted,” Mwesigwa told officers.

All regions in Kampala have permanent black spots where criminals always operate from, according to Mwesiga.

Such areas, he said, are normally slums or developing suburbs on the outskirts of the city.

Crimes involved in such areas include and not limited to bag snatching, burglary, boda boda thefts, armed robbers and car jerking.

On Thursday night in Kiiza zone, Kawempe division — unknown assailants attacked two police foot force patrol officers, and that was the second time such a gruesome incident was happening in the same area; the last time being late last year.

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According to a statement released by the Police Spokesperson Emillian Kayima, the assailants grabbed guns from the officers and used the same rifles to kill them.

The deceased officers were identified as PC Vincent Habiyarene and PC Ambrose Otim.

No suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder.

Recently police in Old Kampala started sting operations in its area of jurisdiction to stamp out crime in the city.

In the operations, so far 81 suspects have been arrested most of whom are phone grabbers, bag snatchers, and drug abusers.

The suspects were nabbed from Bakuli, Nakulabye, Kibwa, Kasubi and Bukesa.

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