By Carol Kasujja
THE Police chief Kale Kayihura on Tuesday announced that every filling station must deploy police constables besides the regular private guards.
Addressing residents of Kajjansi where thugs shot and killed a Police officer, Kayihura, said that this would be important to buttress security in vulnerable areas such as fuel stations and mobile money outlets.
Last Friday, Joseph Bigirwa the Officer in Charge of Kajjansi gunned down by armed robbers during a raid at a filling station.
During a community policing mission, residents told Gen Kayihura that the former DPC Edson Mugazi, did little to bring the culprits to justice. They claimed there have been cases of conspiracy between the police and criminals to hire out guns as well as sabotaging reported cases.
Residents expressed concern over the security in the area saying that Kajjansi Police officers are always in bars and merry making instead of working. They also alleged that whenever they seek help, police officers ask for fuel and money before they help them.
“On behalf of the entire police force, I apologise to Kajjansi residents, and I want to reassure you that the past mistakes will not happen again. By the time our officer was killed, I was out of the country; I have decided every petrol station should have a stand by Police patrol,” said Kayihura.
Kayihura conveyed his condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones but called on residents to be more vigilant in ensuring that Kajjansi gets more peaceful.
During the meeting, Kayihura appointed Hannington Bushijja, as the new DPC for Kajjansi Police station.
“Some of you have told the Police chief that most officers have swag and do not want to work, I do not have swag, I have come to work,” said Bushijja.
Kayihura promised to visit the residents today and have an accountability meeting with the Police and the residents.
Police to deploy at fuel stations