KAMPALA – President Museveni has on Thursday 6 applauded Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) together with other security forces for curtailing acts of lawlessness during the Martyrs’ Day Celebrations in Namugongo on June 3, 2019.
Speaking during the State of Nation address at Serena Hotel, the President said the peaceful holding of Martyrs’ Day, where an estimated 3 million people turned up shows that Police and UPDF already have good capacity.
“This has come about by promoting and upholding patriotism, democracy and good governance as core values for National socio-economic transformation,” he said.
“Significant focus has been placed on professionalizing and modernizing the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) and building the Uganda Police Force (UPF) capabilities,” he added.
Museveni adds that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government remains committed to ensuring a secure and peaceful Uganda.
The President highlighted that some month ago crime rate was at the peak because “the Police had been infiltrated by criminals and people who had been compromised in some ways.”
Uganda Martyrs Shrines are some of the most recognized shrines in Africa.
The activities of the celebration include religious sacraments such as baptism and prayers but are not limited because the pilgrims also find time to play, tour and enjoy the eats and drinks on display.
Uganda Police, however, in Namugongo reported a number of cases from theft, counterfeits to accidents.
ACP Polly Namaye the Deputy Police PRO confirmed that there was a reduction in cases registered.
“Cases reduced from 89 cases in 2018 to 46 cases in 2019, of these 46 cases, 40 are reports of suspected stolen mobile phones, 2 cases of impersonation, 2 cases of suspected stolen, 1 assault, and 1 counterfeit where a suspect was arrested selling soda property suspected to be fake,” she said,.
The Police PRO added that so far 11 suspects are in custody in regard to these cases, while two have been given police bond.
Namaye said the traffic and road safety desk registered two serious accidents at Kyaliwajala trading center and along Jinja highway at Namanve.
At Child and Family Protection Unit desk at Namugongo, ACP highlighted that 64 cases of missing children were reported in total.
“62 of these children were recovered. Of these 58 were reunited with their families, 4 are still with our Child And Family Protection Office at CPS Kampala, two children are still missing namely Kwikiriza Batesa and Kibalama Joshua,” She added.