Kampala: On Saturday night last week, there was a bomb blast targeting revellers at pork joint under a bar at Komamboga, a Kampala suburb that killed one person and left three others critically injured in an attack that police attributed to domestic terrorism, although, an International terror group, ISIS claimed responsibility.
The act however, turned Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola furious against his men accusing them of ”sleeping” on duty and allowing bars to illegally operate. In fact, some rumours say that the boss ordered the arrest of the DPC of the area,but they failed on which DPC to arrest since the location apparently falls under three command centers!
Now, the official Uganda Police Force policing map for the Kampala metropolitan region placed Komambooga, under Kasangati division. The area is however policed by the three surrounding police divisions including Kasangati, Kiira and Kawempe.
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A map from the Police ICT Directorate’s GIS (Geographical Information System) Unit, used by the police to guide the operation areas shows that the nearest police station to Komambooga is Sekanyonyi police post, which is in the Kasangati division and is said to be handling much of the cases from the area.
The second police station handling Komambooga is Universal under Kiira division and it is followed by the Kanyanya police post under the Kawempe division. Kanyanya is said to be the oldest police post among the three and was originally policing Komabooga.
“It used to be Kanyanya police post in charge of Komambooga. When Sekanyonyi police post was brought nearer from the side of Kasangati division, it started handling our cases in Kamambooga,” said a senior source, a local from the area.
Mapping Unit Of Komamboga Police
Circled (in red) is the crime scene in Kwata Zone, Komambooga. The blue line demarcates the boundaries of Kawempe division (insignia1) on the left and Kasangati (insignia2) on the right.
Police has maintained that Komambooga is under the 3 police divisions of Kasangati, Kawempe and Kiira but noted that Kwata zone, where the incident happened, is in Kawempe division, as opposed to the map.
The Kawata Zone LC1, Mr. Fred Sekayonda Fred said that they are “confused” about where they belong since the 3 police stations located in Kasangati, Kawmpe and Kiira divisions are all handling their area.
“Honestly we are confused. We see officers coming from Sekanyonyi (Kasangati), Universal (Kiira) and Kanyanya (Kawempe),” he said.
He also said that the area used to be under Kanyanya but the coming in of Sekanyonyi and Universal police posts changed things.
“When Sekanyonyi was brought near us here we started seeing them handling our area. Officers also come from Universal and sometimes those from Kawempe,” he said.
The police 999 patrol vehicles always combing the area are said to be from Kasangati and Kiira. ”Let them check on the CCTV cameras. Most patrols coming here are from Kasangati and some from Kiira,” said a source.
Police was also by Monday evening still torn on the move to arrest a DPC from one of the divisions or all of them since they have just returned from training in Olilim (Lango-Karamoja borders).
“The DPCs have just returned to their desks. They were not in charge for months and placing the blame on them would be funny,” said a source. With the above CONFUSION, all the 3 DPCs are still at large eating life! First of all, they’ve all been away on training,at the same time..??