12 Ugandans were killed everyday in 2020

At least 4,460 Ugandans were killed last year by criminal gangs, security forces and mob justice, a police report has revealed.

This represents an average of 12 daily killings throughout the year 2020.

At least 1,358 people were killed through assault followed by mob action with 540 murders. Some 547 persons died after being hit with blunt objects.

“A total of 547 persons were lynched, out of whom, 518 were male adults, 22 were female adults and seven were male juveniles. There was no female juvenile lynched in the year under review,” the report by police’s criminal investigations directorate (CID) states.

CID director, Grace Akullo stated that the past year was a particularly challenging one in terms of maintaining law and order in the face of a pandemic and a major election. 

Police say the containment measures put in place by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19 affected the general administration of justice for all Justice Law and Order Sector.

Through the enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions, security forces shot killed a number of Ugandans with the worst cases being recorded on November 18, 2020, as riots erupted following the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu while on a presidential campaign trail in Luuka district.

The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, however, indicated that the efforts of the security forces led to a decline in crime during the year in review.

“Generally, there was an 8.9 percent decrease in the volume of crimes reported to Police from 215,224 cases reported in 2019 to 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020. There was also a 4.7 percent reduction in the number of traffic accidents reported in 2020 from 12,858 accidents reported in 2019 to 12,249 accidents reported in 2020,” the police chief said.

Ochola adds that Uganda evolves and grows in science and technologies, so too the Police Force must adopt to these developments and take on roles that reflect the changing values and expectations of the society they seek to protect. 

“This therefore, entails constant training and equipping of our personnel with more advanced knowledge, proper attitude and tools to fight crime,” Ochola said.

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