IGP Ochola Warns Muslims to Be Cautious During Ramadhan
In his call for all Muslims to be extra vigilant and cautious as they gathered for Ramadhan prayers, Inspector-General Martin Okoth Ochola said threats from terrorism remain very real. FILE PHOTO

Martin Okoth Ochola, Inspector-General of Police, has called on Muslims across the country to remain vigilant and cautious as they gather for Ramadhan prayers, stating that terrorism threats remain very real.

The Inspector-General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has called on all Muslims across the country to be extra vigilant and cautious as they gather for Ramadhan prayers saying that threats of terrorism are still very existent. 

Ochola made the remarks in his message wishing the Moslem community a blessed and peaceful month of Ramadhan. 

He said Ramadhan has come during the post lockdown period meaning more crimes including theft and robbery are likely to pop up as people struggle to survive.

“The post-lockdown period we are in, has created opportunities for crime. Crimes of opportunity like simple robberies, burglaries, theft, murders have slightly increased. Another challenge that the country is facing, is the increase in commodity prices, which calls for financial discipline and adjustments in our living standards during Ramadan.”

“And for those who plan to gather at mosques, places of worship and in homes for prayer and breaking the fast, I wish to remind you, that our country, Uganda still faces threats of terrorism,” Ochola said urging Muslims to be extra vigilant and cautious at all times.

He, however, noted that despite all the challenging circumstances indicated above, he is optimistic that the police will do their best to ensure peace, safety and security in the country are sustained throughout the entire fasting period.  

“Last year, we worked with all Muslim leaders and created patrol routes around all mosques and worship areas. We also had task teams on standby to respond to all crime, threats and vulnerabilities against Muslims. I therefore, pledge a peaceful environment.”

“I once again extend my sincerest wishes to all Muslims in Uganda and wish them good health, prosperity and happiness during the holy month of Ramadan and throughout the remaining year, 2022,” Ochola noted.

He added that the Holy Month of Ramadan is a time of prayer, reflection and reconciliation. He appealed to Ugandans to cherish the special month and allow the true spirit of Ramadan to shine.

“It is against that background that I call upon all Muslims and Ugandans at large, to translate the basic tenets of Peace, love, tolerance, forgiveness and compassion, to promote goodwill and harmony in our country,” he added.

“With the full re-opening of the economy, I expect this Ramadan to be more joyous, with mosques filled with life, families coming together to share food and prayers. We should, therefore, cherish this special month and allow the true spirit of Ramadan to shine.”