Thursday April 10 2014

Police should focus energy on crime, not opposition - DP


KAMPALA- The Democratic Party (DP) has asked police to redirect the energy it uses to “violently” break up opposition politicians’ rallies to fighting crime which is on an upsurge.

Speaking at a news conference at the party headquarter in Kampala on Tuesday, Mr Fred Mwesigwa, the party press secretary, said the revelation in the police crime report issued on Monday that capital offences have increased indicates that police has its work cut out.

“Police should stop putting a lot of effort on opposition leaders and rallies. It should instead protect people and their property because the report shows that many have lost their lives,” Mr Mwesigwa said.

He added that the increase in murder cases scares citizens since it breeds the feeling of “no one is safe”.

Crime report
On Monday, police released a report which indicated that there was a rise in murder cases from 1,910 in 2012 to 2,326 in 2013. The DP publicist urged the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, to do more supervision countrywide.

However, Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi, the former Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, talking to the Daily Monitor in a telephone interview, said police was not reluctant in fighting crime, but that murder cases were not easy to detect.

“Even in developed countries they still have the challenge of fighting murder cases, but we are also doing our best,” he said.

Mr Ssenkumbi asked DP to do more research on fighting murder before making such comments.

Meanwhile, the DP has commended other opposition political parties for backing DP’s Brenda Nabukenya as a sole candidate to regain her Luweero District Women Member of Parliament seat in by-election set for May.

The seat fell vacant following the Court of Appeal decision that faulted the Electoral Commission’s conduct of the 2011 election and ordered fresh elections.