Uganda Police: Murders, Human Trafficking, Drug Abuse On The Rise


sales this site geneva; line-height: 115%; font-size: small;”>“While death by shooting and ritual murder decreased by 45% and 43% respectively, death by domestic violence increased by 14%, death by mob action by 7%, death by such other causes as hacking, stabbing, strangulation, during robbery or assault, poisoning by 9.4%,” said Kayihura.

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He made the remarks Thursday in Kampala while releasing the Annual Crime and Traffic/Road Safety Report for 2011.

“It is imperative that apart from getting the perpetrators of these offences to face justice, we, urgently, design programmes aimed at preventing their occurrence. We plan to use Community Policing to identify the root causes, and launch a serious campaign in the homesteads, and neighbourhoods to prevent these crimes,” said Kayihura.

Specifically, Kayihura said, the Force plans to reorganize and broaden the scope of the Child and Family Protection Unit into a Gender based Violence (GBV) Unit, and launch a vigorous campaign against domestic violence.

The sharp increase in violent deaths could be linked to the worsening economic conditions the country is facing.

Kayihura further noted that although, since the 11th July 2010 bombing, Uganda has not suffered similar attacks, the threat of terrorism from both international, and local terror groups, looms large. The Police chief said the fact, that Uganda has not suffered attacks is not because there have not been attempts, as is indicated in the report.

“With the successes being registered by AMISOM forces in Somalia, we should brace ourselves for possible terror attacks, especially in Kampala. There are reports of ADF recruiting and reorganizing in DRC,” he added.

“As we have demonstrated in the past, these attacks are preventable (and will be prevented) using a time-tested strategy that combines popular vigilance, covert and overt Police and other security operations, and technology.”

Human Trafficking

Kayihura further stated that human Trafficking is, increasingly becoming a problem.

“Girls are being lured by organized crime rackets to countries as distant as Malaysia, China, and Egypt, and end up being abused. Although strict security measures have been put at Entebbe Airport, these gangs are using airports in neighboring countries to take them out,” said Kayihura.

This comes at a time of a huge public outcry following reports that scores of Ugandan women have since been killed in sex slavery especially in Malaysia.


Another area of concern is the unacceptably high incidence narcotics drug trafficking and abuse in the country.

Even the alarming statistic of 79% increase in narcotic trafficking and consumption does not, adequately, capture the grave danger our society faces, from the abuse of recreational drugs

like marijuana, and or hard drugs like cocaine and heroin, according to Kayihura.

He said while the traditional narcotics market still remains the tourist circuit, and a select local clientele, emerging patterns indicate that drug traffickers are now targeting vulnerable youth, in a bid to secure long term client base and expand their market.

“We now know that the narcotic industry in the country is just an off-shoot of a larger international network of narcotic traffickers who long before they even get into the country, refer potential and existing clients to local sources for hard drugs,” he said.

That is the reason high end consumers of hard drugs access their ‘dose’ within minutes of arrival in the country, even when it is their first visit to Uganda, according to the IGP.

“The danger, however, is not in the consumption of narcotics by our delinquent visitors, but in the deliberate targeting of our children, youth and society. While this practice can be checked by joint efforts of parents, school administration and Government agencies, these efforts will come to nothing, if the derisory and preposterous sentences imposed on convicted traffickers and consumers of narcotics remain.”

Presently, the average sentence for narcotic offences in Uganda is a paltry US$ 100 or Ugsh 240,000, rising up to US$ 400 or Ugsh 960,000.

“This is neither punitive, nor deterrent, both in intent and effect, and it negates whatever efforts we may currently employ to combat illegal drug trafficking, and abuse,” said Kayihura.

He said it is urgent, that the bill on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances, now before Parliament is passed into law, to bring us in line with other countries that are positively combating drug trafficking and consumption.


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