Several insecurity concerns have been raised by Brigadier-General Felix Kulaigye in a program broadcasted by NTV on the night of 14/04/2022 where he noted several insecurity concerns in the Wakiso municipality, the police have responded by calling his claims false.
The police have reacted to claims of insecurity made by Brigadier General Felix Kulaigye in a video clip that has circulated on social media regarding an NTV program that aired on the night of 14/04/2022 in which he cited several concerns of insecurity in Wakiso municipality.
Gen. Felix Kulaigye mentioned a particular case where a mother, house help and daughters were allegedly attacked and raped at their home in Wakiso.
However, in a statement dated April 15, Luke Owoyesigire said the security team in the Wakiso district has never registered any incident where all victims of the robbery were raped.
“We would like to categorically say that the team at Wakiso has never registered any incident where all victims of the robbery were raped. If there is any incident of rape that happened during a robbery and the victims did not report, they should reach out to our Gender Based Violence desk at Wakiso or CID headquarters.”
Owoyesigire also noted another incident cited by the Brigadier indicating that a suspect was brought to Police and the Officer-in-charge refused to book him and released him.
But said these allegations are also baseless. He said although it is true that the local community working with a UPDF officer brought in a suspect on 12/04/2022 who had been injured by an angry mob, a decision was taken to have the suspect first be treated before being detained in police custody as he had been severely beaten.
“The suspect was later identified as Seviri Rogers 27 years, a resident of Ssala Village, Wakiso town council. It is alleged that on the 27th of March, Seviri broke into the house of Ndooli Christopher and stole money amounting to 700,000 Ugandan shillings.”
“When he was brought to the station, the DPC decided that the suspect be given first aid before being put in Police custody as he had been severely beaten,” Owoyesigire revealed.
He added that the local community, however, protested the decision but the DPC later ordered the officers to take the suspect to Bulamu Health Care (Wakiso health centre IV) where he received treatment and was later brought back into police custody.
“It should be noted that all our territorial Police stations are advised against detaining suspects who are in worrying medical conditions. The file will be forwarded to the Resident State Attorney on Tuesday for Perusal and advice while the suspect remains in our custody,” he said.
“We do encourage criticism of our officers but this should be backed up with facts. We appeal to residents of Wakiso Municipality to always liaise with the local Police in order to report any officer that neglects duty and if that fails the Regional Police is always available to intervene at Kampala Metropolitan North,” Owoyesigire added.