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POLICE: At least 12 Ugandans were murdered daily in 2020

AIGP Grace Akullo-Director CID releasing the report today in Naguru. PHOTO POLICE MEDIA

📌 POLICE CID REPORT 2020

• 4,460 killed in 20 months
• 547 persons lynched
• 1,358 death via assaults
•  547 hit with blunt objects
• Majority are assault, poisoning, arson, shooting, mob action

📌 OTHERS

• Sh15 billion lost in cybercrimes
• Sh4 billion lost in fraudulent land deals
• 3,516 motorcycles stolen, 1,176 recovered
• 883 vehicles stolen, 291 recovered

A total of 547 persons were lynched, out of whom, 518 were male adults, 22 were female adults and 07 were male juveniles

Kampala, Uganda | JOSEPH KATO – URN  |  Living in Uganda is becoming increasingly precarious as willful and malicious killing by people is claiming ten times more lives than the dreaded COVID-19.

It now emerges that 12 people were killed everyday on average last year, according to annual crime police report compiled by Criminal Investigations Directorate and released today at Police headquarters Naguru.

The report shows 4,460 people were killed in 12 months of 2020 translating into 12 person killed through assault, poisoning, arson, shooting or mob action.

Most people, according to the report, were killed through assaults which contributed 1,358 fatalities followed by mob action with 540 murders. Some 547 persons died after being hit with blunt objects.

“A total of 547 persons were lynched, out of whom, 518 were male adults, 22 were female adults and 07 were male juveniles. There was no female juvenile lynched in the year under review,” CID headed by AIGP Grace Akullo indicates.

Akullo indicates that the year 2020 was a particularly challenging one in terms of maintaining law and order in the face of a pandemic and a major election. Police say the containment measures put in place by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19 affected the general administration of justice for all Justice Law and Order Sector.

While briefing officers and press at Naguru, the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola said the reprot highlights the challenges, strategies and recommendations that the Uganda Police Force intends to adopt in fighting crime. Ochola adds that security efforts have actually seen crime reduce generally  in 2020.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE (click) ANNUAL-CRIME-REPORT-2020-1

“Generally, in the year 2020, there was a 8.9% decrease in the volume of crimes reported to Police from 215,224 cases reported in 2019 to 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020,” Ochola states. “There was also a 4.7% reduction in the number of traffic accidents reported in 2020 from 12,858 accidents reported in 2019 to 12,249 accidents reported in 2020.”

He said that in terms of Fire and Rescue emergencies, there was a 1.6% increase in incidents handled, from 999 incidents handled in 2019 to 1,015 handled in 2020.

Ochola adds that as Uganda evolves and grows in science and technologies, so too the Police Force must adopt to these developments and take on roles that reflect the changing values and expectations of the society they seek to protect.  

“This therefore, entails constant training and equipping of our personnel with more advanced knowledge, proper attitude and tools to fight crime,” Ochola said. 

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