KAMPALA- Deputy Inspector General of Police Brig Sabiiti Muzeeyi has launched an operation codenamed ‘Tokoora’ that is aimed at tightening security around factories and industries, especially those owned by foreigners, following an upsurge in attacks on the establishments by armed robbers.
In a November 16 message issued to all Regional Police Commanders and District Police Commanders in Kampala Metropolitan area, Brig Muzeeyi said more security personnel should be deployed at industries and factories and that no suspects arrested in connection to any attack on such establishments should be granted bail.
He also ordered the police Commanders to provide regular updates to him on the matter.
President Museveni on Wednesday, November 14, directed the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi and the Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola to heavily deploy in industrial parks and also set up joint coordination councils between the investors and security forces.
He also asked security chiefs to find a localized and non-political solution for these security concerns of investors.
“In the meantime, I assure Ugandans, our friends and investors that this shallow issue of urban crime is only temporary and will be defeated since in addition to these measures,” he wrote on Oppenheimer adding that “we are beefing up our surveillance capacity with cameras.”
He was meeting the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zheng ZhuQiang, who called on him at State House Entebbe.
Mr Museveni said the duo discussed key among others, recent attacks on investors threatening messages sent out to them.
“I reiterated the commitment of government and myself to defeat these thugs that are trying to undermine our economic progress,” he further said.
The envoy had expressed concern over recent attacks by thugs on Chinese investors.
“Some thugs have been attacking Chinese investors but we shall defeat them. This is temporary, shallow and shall be defeated. There were attacks in Mukono and Mityana; one experienced by the Gayaza Road construction company and the recent one in Zirobwe,” Museveni told his guest.
“The security of Uganda is very good but urban insurgency was not paid attention to. Tell the Government of China that I am personally handling this issue.”