The Commander of Land Forces in UPDF Lt Gen. Peter Elweru has issued a strong warning to officers from UPDF and Uganda Police who do not quickly respond when they are called to handle some crimes in their areas of operation.
Gen.Elweru sounded hard to UPDF and Police officers during a security meeting that was held on Sunday at Mandela National Stadium Namboole. The Security meeting was held on directives of President Museveni to all security officers sensitized on how to respond and handle emergencies.
It was attended by Lt Gen Peter Elweru Commander Land Forces UPDF, Maj.Gen Sabiit Muzeyi the Deputy Inspector General of Police, senior officers from Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Officers from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), high commanders from Special Forces Command (SFC), Moses Kafero Commander of Police in Kampala Metropolitan among others.
Security officers who were part of the meeting told us that Gen.Elweru blamed security officers for the increasing crime in Kampala.
“Some of security officers are lazy when it comes to handling crimes. Some members of society call you when murder or robbery has just happened and you take three hours to reach on the scene and by the time you reach some prime suspects are already off,” a senior officer quoted Gen Elweru spiting fire during the meeting.
Officers say, Gen Elweru added that any officer who will not respond to an emergency in less than 30 minutes would be worked on accordingly. “If robbery happens in an area and officers are called by public and you reach at the scene passed 30 minutes, DPC and his team will be punished disciplinary,” he said.
He added that security officers must always be ahead of criminals not criminals beating your movements. “All security officers must give their numbers to public and should not be off .Some of you give out your cards and the numbers that are on cards are ever off,” he says adding that such officers should be arrested and charged.
He further says commanders will start making abrupt operations to police stations and whoever will not be found at work will be punished. “Some times people come to report cases at night and they find nobody at the counter and they go back and in the morning you hear on news that some people were killed or robbed,” he states.
Gen Sabiit Muzeyi said all the lines which police has given to public must on 24 hours. “Any line that will be off either day or night the holder will be charged,” he added saying the excuse of power will not be considered.