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The Inspector General of Police Gen Edward Kale Kayihura has added his voice to government’s defense of the police officers who on Thursday and Friday shot at killed six civilians in Kasese and Kabarole districts in western Uganda.

The Police boss who rushed to the Rwenzori region on Saturday evening, this web reiterated police’s commitment to restore sanity in the region, malady but warned that attacks on police and army officers on duty would never be treated lightly.

Following a Thursday attack on police and army officers in Kikonzo cell, see Hima Town Council, Kabarole District on Thursday where two out of 20 attackers were shot dead, Kayihura revealed that the clash at Kasenyi town in Kasese district on Friday afternoon where four more were gunned down was simply a follow-up of the previous attack.

The IGP identified the attackers as members of a militia linked to Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu who call themselves Kirumiramutima

The team of officers led by SPC Opolot according to the IGP was accosted by the attackers as they went “to assess the situation in Kisenyi and not to arrest anybody as had earlier been reported.” Opolot was reportedly stabbed in the scuffle and a pistol of one of his officers taken.

“Now if you say that these people were innocent, why did they grab an officer’s gun? Were they taking it to a museum?” wondered the IGP during a press conference he held on Sunday evening in Kasese.

“Opolot told us in a meeting that when he reached there he found that the town had been deserted. He tried to speak to some of the people and that’s when the attackers came after him, stabbed him and disarmed his junior,one Joel Mbusa.”

Kayihura sounded a warning that police would not stand and watch when such insecurity is taking place. He added that the officers that shot the civilians had no other choice.

“Even in the United Nations Convention on the use of fire arms, police officers are allowed to shoot, if they feel threatened of if they have to defend a section of innocent and unarmed people,” he said.

“You cannot attack me, when I am fully armed and doing patrol. This was not a case of police officers attacking a place. They were attacked. What other means should they have used?”

When a video appeared of the shooting at the Kisenyi town, police came under furious attack from sections of the population, who held that the officers should have had a better option when attacked by people armed only with sticks.

But the IGP dismissed this possibility at the press conference.

He noted, “If those officers dared ran away from the scuffle, we would have charged them with cowardice in action. Besides, even if they decided to back off, the attackers would have come after them.”

“The Police force has been reinforced and no one should expect it to sit back and fold arms. I want to warn those that have similar plans of attacking our officers that they will have themselves to blame. You cannot chance a way police from Kasese district. That is a dream.”

A total of three people have been arrested following the incident. Kayihura revealed that these will be charged with cases ranging from attempted murder, aggravated assault on security officers and causing bodily harm.

Meanwhile the situation remains tense in Kisenyi trading center and neighboring towns which have been deserted after hundreds of residents fled their homes in fear.

The IGP appealed to the locals to return to their homes promising that police and the army will maintain security and guarantee their safety.
A number of top positions at the Regulators of the communications sectors, for sale Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) are up for grabs.

The commission announced this week a total of seven top posts, which need to be filled within weeks to come.

The positions are:

Head Public and International Relations

Head Legal Affairs

Senior Officer Gulu Regional Office

Senior Officer Mbarara Regional Office

Senior Officer Recruitment and Rewards

Senior Officer Systems Audit

Technician –Spectrum Utilization and Occupancy Monitoring

The Commission said in a public communiqué that these jobs are available to people with proven competencies, skills and innovativeness and that they attract competitive remuneration packages.

Details about the jobs are available at the Commission’s portal or by calling toll free line 0800133911.  Applications must be submitted before March 28th 2016.

Meanwhile, preparations are in high gear for UCC’s 6th edition of the ICT for National Development (ACIA) Awards.

The ACIA Awards is an annual initiative that fosters innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations. ACIA provides a platform upon which outstanding ICT innovations can be showcased and propelled to further success.

The initiative was established in 2010 by the Uganda Communications Commission and since its establishment; various innovations have been recognized and awarded in different ways.

The categories for this year’s awards include:

Young ICT Innovators (Student innovators); Business Excellence, (most innovative locally developed ICT solution aimed at improving the performance of an organization in terms of efficiency, effectiveness or both); and Service Excellence (The most exciting, locally developed, new product/service/other offer in the Uganda market that seeks to increase the affordability/ access/ uptake of postal/ broadcasting/ telecommunications services by in Uganda.)

The others are: Digital Content (which honors the most innovative approaches in the compilation of local text, images – including video, or sound into a program); and the 2016 Special Award which goes to The Government Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA) with the best use of ICT in providing government services to the public as voted by the public.

The deadline for entries is April 1st this year.


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