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Police orders private firms to halt deployment of lone guard

Police has halted the deployment of a single guard

Police has halted the deployment of a single guard

Uganda police has directed private security firms to stop deploying one armed guard at duty stations.
 
In his December 31, 2018 letter, Asuman Mugyenyi, police director of operations directed the private firms to deploy at least two guards at each duty station.

Mugyenyi warns private security firms against defying the directive.

 
"In spite of warning letters to you, deployment of lone armed private security guards has continued. The result has been that many security guards have been victims to this with other losing lives and firearms falling into the hands of thugs," Mugyenyi wrote in the letter.

Adding: "In order to safeguard the lives of security guards and minimize loss of firearms you are once again directed to deploy two guards at each guard point. This serves as a final warning." 

Hiring a private armed guard costs an average of Shs 600,000 per month - meaning clients will have to part with an additional Shs 600,000 for a second guard.
 
This is the third time police is issuing the same order. The matter first came up during a meeting between the inspector general of police, Martin Okoth Ochola and directors of private security firms in November last year. 

During the meeting, the directors of private firms said the directive has cost implications on their clients because they will have to pay for an extra guard. 

A source privy to the meeting said that Ochola maintained his stand, saying there can't compromise when it comes to protecting firearms from falling into wrong hands as well as the lives of the guards.

Anisah Murungi, a resident of Kansanga has been using an armed guard for the last one year. She said that her service provider has already notified about the police directive.

"They want me to pay Shs 1.4 million for two guards. Where am I supposed to get that money? I think I will resort to unarmed guards now," she told URN.

Four days ago unidentified thugs attacked a security guard attached to New Securiko Uganda Limited Kabale branch while on guard duties at Rukiga Savings Credit Cooperation branch in Nyaruziba Kasambya sub-county in Rukiga district and made off with his firearm.
 
The directive for armed personnel to operate in pairs started during the reign of the former inspector general of police, Gen Kale Kayihura. He issued the orders when unidentified thugs started targeting armed police officers and make off with their guns. 

Some of the officers were killed while others escaped with several injuries. 90 per cent of the fire arms in the hands of private security firms belong to Uganda Police Force, which hires them out to the firms at a monthly fee. 

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0 #1 baingana daniel 2019-01-11 08:01
Yesu wange, 90% of the guns used by Private Security Cos belong to Police "which are hired out at a monthly fee", how much has Police collected from "Hiring" out these guns, and what does that money do,

NO Accountability for it!
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0 #2 Kaps 2019-01-11 08:43
This is absolutely the right thing to go for.

Thanks so much Uganda police.in fact my appreciation stands for the fact that lives of the innocent struggling guards will be saved.

Life is a more expensive than anything and Gins into wrong hands ,U wouldn't want to know about the outcomes especially if U have ever handled one and know how dangerous it is. I speak out of experience coz I served as a guard for years. IT IS TOO RISKY TO WORK ALONE WITH A GUN.!!!
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