Masindi chosen to pilot community policing (Daily Monitor (Uganda))

Masindi. Masindi District has been chosen by Uganda Police to pilot community policing, according to the district vice chairperson, Mr Melekizedek Kanaginagi Ateenyi.
Mr Kanaginagi, who was giving the action report to the district council on Tuesday, said under this scheme, each village in the district will recruit 30 crime preventers who will be trained to man the security of their respective areas.
The scheme also involves establishing a police booth at every trading centre with three motorcycles and a minimum of six armed police personnel, who will work with the crime preventers.
“Police officers in the district will also increase from 169 to 330,” Mr Kanaginagi said.
The new arrangement will see the district getting two more police stations in Kabango and Kyatiri town boards. The pilot scheme is expected to reduce the number of crimes committed in the district.
However, although councillors welcome the development, they also demand that Masindi District be given special treatment when recruiting police cadets and constables at the Police Training School in Kabalye.
Mr John Bagada, the secretary for production and councillor for Nyangahya Division, said the district offered land for the construction of the police training school but many of its children are left out during recruitment.
The speaker, Mr Ronald Kyomuhendo, said the matter will be forwarded to the relevant authorities for consideration.

The number of crime preventers to be recruited in each District.


Refugees at Tense Uganda Camp Share Plight with UN Official

At the Nyumanzi Transit Center in northern Uganda, refugees greet U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi with song and dance, as well as with tales of food shortages and poor living conditions. Grandi is on a tour of Uganda’s overcrowded refugee centers. Since violence began last July, nearly 90,000 South Sudanese have crossed into […]

African Film Industry Pros Learn From Hollywood

Nigerian actress Olajumoke Bello Aruwajoye had an “out-of-body” experience when she arrived in Hollywood. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing, it’s exciting for me because I never thought I would be here,” she said. Aruwajoye is one of a small handful of entertainment professionals from Africa who got a chance to come to Los Angeles for three […]