IGP Ochola shuts down Gen Kayihura’s Muyenga police post

IGP says the closure follows complaints from residents

POLICE | The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, has closed down Muyenga Police Station that was established near the home of his immediate predecessor Gen Kale Kayihura.

The police post, located a stone throw from Kayihura’s Muyenga home, has been hosting over 33 police officers attached to it but all have been transferred elsewhere with immediate effect.

According to the internal Memo, IGP Ochola informed all directors that he has taken a decision to close down Muyenga community police post due to complaints from the area.

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“Even the land owner wants to use his land for other purposes,” Ochola said.

The memo, seen by this website, says: “We are relocating the police station and officers to other stations like Bukasa and Kisugu.”

“We are advising Muyenga residents to use Bukasa and Kisugu police stations or go to Kabalagala Division. We are not going to close these [Kisugu and Bukasa] two stations as it is being circulated by locals. It is only Muyenga Police Station that has been affected,” Emilian Kayima, the Police spokesperson, said.

It is indicated that the decision to close down this station was reached at during the last week’s police advisory committee that sat at police headquarters.

“This police station sits on someone’s land and the owner wants to repossess it. As police we have taken a decision to remove it and all officers from this station shall be taken to other nearby stations,” Kayima said.

Kayima added that about 100 police officers who have been attached to the station will be redeployed at Bukasa, Kisugu and Kabalagala police stations.

Police recently started closing 1,663 police posts around the country following spates of attacks on them by criminals, in which several officers have been killed and guns robbed.

This is in response to Police Council’s decision to close the posts and revert operations to sub-county headquarters arose out of their vulnerability and their ineffectiveness to respond to crime scenes.

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