22 April 2002

Uganda: Security Tight in Najjanankumbi

THE Police has intensified operations in Najjanankumbi, a Kampala suburb, to ensure that the increasing crime rate in the area reduces.

Najjanankumbi, on the Kampala-Entebbe highway, is characterised by thefts, idlers and muggers.

The Regional Police Commander, Kampala Extra, Ahmed Wafuba, told The New Vision on Thursday that the Police was aware of the high crime rate in Najjanankumbi especially at Stella Zone.

"There are so many idlers in that place. Where do they get the money. We always have patrols in the area but we are to intensify the operations. The DPC of Katwe and his team are to carry out urgent operations," Wafuba said.

He said crimes are committed all over the country and operations were still going on.

Wafuba said the Police find it hard to effectively monitor Najjanankumbi because there is no Police post.

"We had to remove the post because we were renting part of somebody's building who needed the money yet we had many things to take care off," he said.

Wafuba said some suspects were arrested from Najjanankumbi and taken to court. He said these people always return as soon as their jail terms end.

"We are doing what we can to see that the crime rate in Uganda reduces. But we need to get more information as to where these people are. When an operation is carried out in a place, these people shift," he said.

Wafuba appealed to Najjanankumbi residents to contribute towards the building of a Police post in the area.

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