In the last 4 months, we have registered four serious incidents of senseless attacks on security personnel, in the areas of Busunju, Wakiso, Soroti, and Mbarara. A total of 6 security personnel (04 police officers and two LDUs) were attacked. All the 4 police officers were murdered while the two LDUs escaped with serious injuries. Out of the 6 guns robbed, only two have been recovered, and efforts in place to recover the 4 remaining guns.
The public should know that ambush attacks and theft of guns from security personnel is an extreme form of violence, and can be life threatening. Although, the motives are not yet clear, but the fact that guns are robbed, we believe, the theft and acquisition of guns as a major factor.
Remember these are officers who had dedicated themselves and committed their lives to serving the public under whatever situation. They run towards danger, respond to disturbance calls in order to safeguard the community. Therefore, any attack on security personnel, is an attack on the community and that is why we call upon the community in Busunju and Soroti, to cooperate with us and avail information on threats to officer safety and that which can lead to the recovery of these guns.
As we mourn the 4 officers we pray for their quicker recovery of the injured. We wish to inform the public that our commitment to protect and serve the public is stronger. The top leadership has also reviewed the incidents of attacks on security personnel and come up with additional measures on how to reduce these violent attacks on officers.
CP Enanga Fred
13th December 2021