Museveni Directs Police To Deploy In The East

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President Yoweri Museveni has asked the Police to increase deployment in Eastern Uganda to curb rampant crimes taking place in the area.

President Yoweri Museveni has expressed concern over the recent rampant cases of murder and armed robberies in Eastern Uganda.

He as accordingly directed for more police deployment in the region to curb the vice which he says is worrying.

This follows the recent killing of Denis Wafana Wanyoto, a manager for the Aids Support Organization (TASO) Soroti branch.
Wafana, 38, was also the brother of former East African Legislative Assembly legislator, Lydia Wanyoto

A resident of Nabweya-Kilulu in Namanyonyi Sub County, Mbale district, Wafana was killed on Sunday night after unidentified assailants waylaid him as he approached his home from a trading centre.

According to police the deceased was beaten to near-death and was rushed to Mbale referral hospital where he was pronounced dead.

More than six people have been killed in Bugisu sub region alone in a similar manner in the last two months, something that has captured the attention of the president.

In Museveni’s condolence message to the deceased’s family at the burial on Tuesday, which was delivered by State Minister for Trade David Wakikona, the President said it was disheartening to see people lose their lives in such a manner as if there is no police in the region.

He accordingly directed for more deployment in areas he described as dark spots in the country including the Bugisu region. Wafana was buried at Nabweya village in Mbale.

Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament condemned the police for failing to uphold their duty but instead being focused on breaking up public demonstrations by the opposition.

He challenged the police to direct their efforts to curb these vices instead.

Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander, called upon the public to be patient and leave the police to do their work adding that they will silence the assailants within the shortest time possible.

Opolot said two prime suspects including the village Local Council official have been arrested to help the police with investigations. He declined to disclose their names for fear of jeopardizing investigations.