BY W.B.KYIJOMANYO VIA UAH FORUM
The IGP must show leadership and not play to the media. Some of the suggestions the IGP and his team should consider include the following:
1) If there is no police database yet for all criminal offenders-rapists and anyone convicted of a gun related crime-the IGP should act with speed and set up one to include all their details from finger prints , photos , locations etc.
2) All convicted rapists and anyone convicted of a gun related crime or robbery with violence MUST be required to report to the nearest police station if they change location. For example, if they move from Kireka to Mutundwe, they must report to the nearest police station in Mutundwe. The police must then notify residents without releasing the individuals name that a convicted rapist or hard core criminals now lives within their vicinity. That warning is to alert residents as the police and LC since YKM destroyed chiefs must then keep an eye on the criminals. Whenever and wherever they move to, the convicted criminals in the categories mention MUST report to the nearest police station. If they live normal lives without reoffending fine. However, should they be caught reoffending after doing their time, they should be designated serial offenders in the national criminal database.
3). All boda boda drivers must be vetted afresh, their finger prints taken and entered in a national database. I suppose boda boda are licenced. So before they get those licensing, there should be a 3 day waiting period for police and other licensing agencies to verify. To eliminate bribery to get away with crimes, the locations where boda boda report for finger printing should not be the place where the final decision is mad. They can return to the initial point for results but the final decision is made elsewhere by a multi task team of police/URA/national ID authority or whoever issues IDs/ Licensing authority etc. Members of the multi task agencies must have access to the finger print results simultaneously. Before prospective boda boda drivers are cleared, all such officers must approve and sign . Any prospective driver with a criminal record of ANY sort must be barred from boda boda activities. Same procedure should apply to taxi drivers and conductors.
Actually not just boda boda but those with criminal records must be barred from working with children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. This means that all nursery school teachers and even lower primary school teachers must produce a police report. Failure to do so they are disqualified from such activities. To go further even domestic helpers should be required to produce those report reports generated from the said database. Why? Crime happens because of opportunity. These measures are intended to minimize such opportunities.
If I may ask,are boda boda bikes licensed? Do they have number plates etc.? If not they should. Do some boda boda drivers hire out their bikes? Drivers who are vetted, licensed and hire out their boda boda bikes to unlicensed and unvetted boda boda drivers should forfeit their licenses . However they are free to hire out their bikes to licensed and vetted boda boda drivers. Are boda boda drivers licensed to ply particular roads or they are free to go anywhere? that ought to change. Boda boda drivers should be licensed to drive in specific zones, for example Kampala North aka Kawempe division, South Division, East Division, Central division etc. Of course police should be flexible in case a boda boda picks up a students from Makerere who wants to go to Kyambogo and vice versa.
4). The police should investigate through and not rush to take suspects to Court aka Kenya style where they arrest and then investigate. That is why all high profile corruption cases in Kenya have failed. Why? Police play to the media , rush to arrest suspects and then investigate . IGP Ochola should be wary of press conferences or even acting on pressure from media and the public. Let the police take time to investigate cases and only when ready go to court. Obviously the situation in Uganda is tricky, the police and DPP need to be on the same page.
If I may ask again,does the IGP or the police in Uganda know where convicted hard core criminals who were released from prison are/ How many are still in Kampala? How many moved to Kampala from upcountry etc. If they have no clue how do they hope to fight crimes? Folks, studies show that younger offenders in particular are very likely to reoffend within less than one year.
The IGP and Ugandans must realize that police is a necessary evil.