Crime & Investigation

Kayihura and the Decolonisation of Uganda Police


medications geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>”The world over there’s a general shift in policing approach. Countries have adopted Community Policing – a modern philosophy and nature of policing that is proactive, viagra 40mg involves partnership with communities and is problem solving, this ” he said.

Majority of Ugandan police officers however, Kayihura noted, are still locked up in the old colonial policing mode which is reactive, station-based and often times brutal.

The General was on Friday speaking to senior officers in the force, MPs and civil society members in a consultative meeting that sought to change Uganda Police Force’s name to Uganda National Police.

He described the rebranding move as “the last step in decolonizing the police institution.”

“If we are going to see an effective police force, popular vigilance, and neighborhood watch are some of the principles that we must take seriously,” he said.

“But I have been disappointed at times by my officers. For example, we agreed that there must be police patrols at night. In Kampala, there is no excuse; its where almost all resources are concentrated.”

“But the other day while I was traveling at around 3:30 am, to the funeral of the Hon Okurut, I stopped in Kitintale to find a woman wailing, having survived being rape-murdered by bodaboda men. Astonishingly, there was no sign of a police officer, yet there is a station nearby.”

In areas like Kampala where community policing has been concentrated over the last few years, Kayihura noted, astounding results have already shown.

“Katwe, in southern Metropolitan Kampala used to top the country in crime rates. But when you read our previous Annual crime report, crime has significantly subsided. Kajjansi is recorded among the districts with the least crime rate, which was unheard of,” said Kayihura

In his fresh resolve to build a new police force that serves the community and prevents crime, Kayihura highlighted a need not only for the change of the mindset of all officers, but also enhanced funding to enhance outreach, modern equipment for surveillance.

“I was surprised while in Mombasa the other day. All Police vehicles there are fitted with CCTV cameras able to monitor a 500 meter radius and report to the center.”

“We need to invest in such gadgets and also acquire modern equipment to help us make quick analyses at crime scenes,” he added.


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