Uganda starts deployment of 24,000 reserve soldiers to curb crime

Uganda starts deployment of 24,000 reserve soldiers to curb crime

KAMPALA (Rahnuma): The Ugandan military has started the deployment of 24,000 troops in the capital Kampala and the central district of Wakiso as part of the interim security measures to curb crime.

Brig. Richard Karemire, military spokesperson, told Xinhua on Monday that the deployment of the reserve soldiers and local defense units in Kampala, Wakiso and other areas is in response to President Yoweri Museveni’s order in a bid to curb criminality in the east African country.

“That is one of the interim measures aimed at stemming lawlessness in form of criminality. Our people and their property must be secured,” said Karemire.

“The security forces are totally committed to do that. However, we call upon the public to also do their part by stepping up on vigilance,” he said.

President Museveni on Saturday announced several interim security measures to curb crime, including the deployment of 24,000 soldiers in the reserve force, police to use radio calls rather than mobile phones for efficient coordination and cleaning up the force to rid it of criminal and corrupt elements.

In a televised address, Museveni called for quick coordination among the police with each police station making a telephone number known to the public in case they wished to report anything suspicious.

The measures came barely a week after the killing of a controversial and prominent police officer Muhammad Kirumira as he headed to his home in Bulenga in Wakiso.

In June, Museveni had announced 10 stringent security measures to fight the recent increase of murders and kidnappings.

The announcement followed the murder of a popular ruling National Resistance Movement party legislator by gunmen.

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