The number of cases of murder by shooting in Uganda rose by 14 per cent last year, the annual police report has shown.
The 2013 Crime, Traffic and Road Safety report, which was released in Kampala on Monday, shows that the police investigated 131 cases of gun-shot murder, compared to 115 the year before. Some 192 people were shot dead last year, the report said. Of these, 163 were men, 20 were women, six were boys and three were girls.
Releasing the report, Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura said the increase in murder cases and other crimes did not necessarily mean more crimes were being committed.
“People have now increased confidence in police and they also increased on the number of cases reported at different police stations,” Gen Kayihura said.
The regions with the highest murder cases include Moroto (20 cases), KPM East (14 cases), KMP North (12 cases), Kidepo (11 cases), Rwenzori (9 cases) and Kigezi (8 cases). According to the report, by the end of last year, 43 cases of murder had been taken to court, out of which two cases secured convictions and 41 cases were still pending in court.
Some 88 cases are still under investigation. The number of homicide cases investigated in 2013 stood at 2,326, compared to 1,910 cases in 2012 – a rise of 22 per cent.
The motives behind such killings include land wrangles, dissatisfaction with delayedomission of justice, family misunderstandings, business rivalry and social media like internet, Kayihura said.
A total of 426 cases of death by mob action were reported and investigated in 2013 compared to 266 cases in 2012. This is mostly attributed to thefts (62%), murder (9%), robbery (6%), burglary (2%) and suspected witchcraft (1%) and other causes (20%).
The mob-action cases were highest in the regions of Ssezibwa with (37 cases), North Kyoga (30 cases), East Kyoga, Rwizi and West Nile (26 cases each). By the end of the year, 64 cases had been taken to court, out of which two cases were dismissed and 62 cases were still pending.
According to the report, incidents of death through domestic violence investigated by the police in 2013 were 315, compared to 154 cases in 2012. This is also attributed to family wrangles and alcohol abuse.
Aswa region registered the highest number of domestic violence cases at 46, followed by North Kyoga (41 cases), Rwizi (36 cases), Rwenzori and East Kyoga registered 25 cases each.
In 2013, the top 10 leading crimes registered were common assaults (14,161 cases), defilement (9,598), obtaining money by false pretences (8,113), threatening violence (7,604), thefts of mobile phones (4,409), theft of cash (4,388), criminal trespass (4,289), burglaries (3,846), child neglect (3,541) and domestic violence (3,426).
Source : The Observer