According to Annual Crime Traffic and Road Safety Report of 2011, at least 10 people are killed every day in Uganda.
The report further indicates out of 1,987 cases investigated by police, 3,753 people were killed in 2011 compared to 1,761 cases in 2010, where 3,160 people died.
As we write this, a man in his 40s was on Tuesday morning slaughtered and dumped next to Kibuli hospital. On Sunday morning, an identified boda boda cyclist was hacked to death in Nalya, a Kampala suburb.
On Friday night, gunmen attacked and shot dead businessman Adbu Kiweewa at Prime Supermarket in Kyanja, Kampala.
Highly placed sources have revealed that a new Wembley-like team of experienced investigators and commandos, codenamed the “Flying Squad,” will soon be unveiled to end this insanity.
“Our Special Operations against a new group of dangerous elements in our society will live by the doctrine ‘fight a killer like a killer.’ It will comprise military intelligence and police personnel because we suspect the perpetrators of these crimes are trained militia men. Their goal is to portray Uganda as insecure,” said an impeccable source in police.
The “Flying Squad” is now undergoing special training sessions to ensure swift response during any case of attacks on unarmed civilians and bring perpetrators to justice.
“So far we have been very active and effective in averting terrorism strikes especially in Kampala but with the changing security scenario, it is imperative for us to train our forces to deal with this emerging security threat of robberies and murders.”
The development could be good news to residents of Kampala, a city now many believe is under siege by assassins.
The works of “Flying Squad” will be supported by the Shs3.1bn Police Forensic laboratory which was commissioned by the Minister of Internal Affairs Hillary Onek in Naguru on June 16.
The forensic laboratory is one of the specialized support departments of the criminal investigation and intelligence directorate.
The department offers in services in management of scenes of crimes, photography, criminal record, scientific aids, questioned documents analysis, firearms, DNA analysis, and toxicology.
According to the deputy Inspector General of Police, J.M. Okoth-Ochola the idea of the laboratory is an effort by the Uganda Police Force to keep pace with the global trend of security affairs.
He added that the laboratory is a big milestone in combating crime in Uganda and the entire African region.
“This forensic science laboratory is being considered to serve as a regional centre for management and investigation of crime in East Africa as well as forming a training centre for scene of crime officers and medium level handwriting experts in the Police Forces of the region,” said Okoth-Ochola.