Sabiiti beats Museveni deadline, draws plan to combat crime

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Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi [R]

The Deputy Inspector General of Police Muzeyi Sabiti has beaten President Museveni’s two-day deadline and handed over a plan on how he intends to combat the killings of Ugandans by gangs across the country.

The plan is said to have been handed over to the president Thursday.

It is said that after handing over the report, police chiefs are said to have spent yesterday afternoon in closed door meeting, perhaps discussing how the implementation will be carried out.

This is Sabiiti’s statement:

Regards from the Uganda Police and the entire Security fraternity. As earlier communicated by His Excellency the President and Commander in chief, I take this opportunity to relay our reviewed security plan to tackle the current wave of violent crime, especially in the KMP policing area- that is- Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, Entebbe as well as other areas where it manifests.

The detailed plan shall be given to the implementers i.e. the Joint security apparatus. What we shall share with the public is the following:

[Background]

This reviewed plan sits within the 12 wider measures announced last year by the President. I want to report that a lot of strides have been made in this regard, including the aspects of installation of cameras, finger printing of fire arms, improving the police Forensics capacity,

as well as improving the Crime Intelligence and Criminal Investigations Directorates, all of which are ongoing.

This notwithstanding, the KMP area has encountered a new wave of violent crime, which compelled us to review our plan in order to enhance better effect in decisively handling this prevalent crime. The revised approach is premised on five measures:

(1) Linkage with and effective communication with the public, as well as public awareness. Each family in a zoned area of responsibility, shall be given a telephone line of the nearest station or post.

The public is encouraged to share all relevant information on all matters of security including distress calls. We shall put suggestion boxes at the stations and LC offices. Messages will only be accessed by a select team and all the messages will be treated with confidentiality. The public can also deliver text messages or whatsapp messages on 0707114114

We also appeal and encourage the public to have community based security approaches such as employment of village scouts, vetting and registration of those that work at homes- plumbers, casual labourers, house helps, etc.; installation of cameras in their premises and vehicles (taxis, public and private transport), to boost our surveillance and investigation capacities. Public vigilance and cooperation is very crucial in the effort to eliminate crime.

(2) Quick and effective response. In this regard, the KMP area is going to be divided into policing zones or security constituencies for each station or post, with attendant published call lines, reaction forces and linkage to all stations and posts as well as cameras, when there is a distress call. Other enablers include:

Registration and marking of streets and residences to enhance quick response Lighting of streets and or individual premises or residences where affordable.

(3) 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.

(4) Profiling and pursuit of known repeat offenders. This is already an ongoing process and the hunt is on.

(5) The above mentioned measures mainly address the security of residences. However, we realize that violent crime also manifests in non-residential locations affecting especially vulnerable pedestrians or motorists. In this regard, security will ensure more visibility, accompanied by camera surveillance (where available) to respond to incidents.

• However, the public can also play a critical role here. We therefore mobilise the public to be extremely vigilant and security conscious. Avoid moving with lots of money without the requisite security precautions. If you have to move late, make the necessary security contingencies, including not moving alone and update those concerned in case of need of

help. Do not expose those that are most vulnerable to unnecessary risk especially young children and ladies, moving alone late in the night.

If we step up individual and 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.

Thank you very much.

For God and my country

Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi psc, ndc

FOR: Inspector General of Police

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