By Fred Kiva
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola says Police is up to confront criminals in the City suburbs, following the killing of Businessman Arch Rwego by panga-wielding thugs in Najjera.
On Wednesday at dawn, thugs attacked the home of Rwego, a Kampala-based furniture business dealer and hacked him to death. One of the suspects has since been arrested.
Addressing a press conference at Police Headquarters Naguru on Friday afternoon, Ochola said police is laying all strategies to deal with such criminals.
“I urge members of the public to be calm and be more vigilant, observant and always report to police,” he said adding, “We have come back with strategies to confront this crime.”
Deputy IGP, Brig Sabiiti Muzeeyi partly blamed the killing of the businessman on lack of vigilance by the deceased’s family members to promptly alert police. He however revealed that the Force has now scaled up patrols and the number of standby troops has been increased to clamp down on such criminals in the City Suburbs.
IGP Orders Issuance of Police Contact List to Public
Meanwhile IGP has ordered that a Police contact list be issued out to members of the public to enable them promptly report cases to police.
The list includes telephone numbers of the IGP, Directors and other heads of department and commanders. Ochola said that the contact list will be availed to all Police Stations in the country for distribution to community members in the respective areas.
The IGP who emphasized need for public vigilance said, with people given police contacts they will be able to promptly report cases for prompt police response.
“For instance someone text me today that whenever it’s market day there is a group of thugs that waylay people and steal money, I had to send officers there to arrest them (thugs), that’s the vigilance am talking about,” IGP Ochola who declined to name the crime reporter and the market area said.