The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura, has reportedly instructed the Regional Police Commander (RPC) for East Kyoga, Mr Francis Tumwesigye, to immediately release statistics of murder cases dating right from 2016 to date to member of the press.
Daily Monitor has learnt that the order follows Kayihura’s phone call to the region following an article carried by Daily Monitor newspaper on Friday entitled ‘Gangsters invade Teso, torture and kill at will’.
By 10am, journalists from various media houses in Teso were mobilised to go and listen to the RPCs address at East Kyoga police regional headquarters in Soroti.
Brief from RPC
By way of introduction, the RPC, Mr Francis Tumwesigye, asked the journalists to identify themselves and the media houses they work for.
“Who is from Red Pepper? Who is from New Vision? And from Daily Monitor?” Tumwesigye asked, before distributing three copies of newspapers that included; Red Pepper, New Vision and Daily Monitor to be read by the respective correspondents present during the press briefing, adding that police were good partners of their businesses because they consume and buy the news.
In his address, Tumwesigye highlighted that he had specifically called the press conference to brief journalists particularly on what was appearing in Daily Monitor about the murder cases in Teso.
“Following the publication of the story, I have received several calls from the concerned people and it has portrayed our region as bad yet we the police have done a lot in regard to these murders” Tumwesigye said, adding that these were murders of the past and media needed to report the current status of the region.
2016 murder cases
According to Tumwesigye, in the entire Teso sub-region last year, police recorded seven cases of murder by shooting, 37 cases by mob justice, 21 cases by poisoning, five cases by fire and 22 cases of murder by suicide.
Tumwesigye said as police, they have managed to apprehend some of the suspects and culprits who were directly involved in these murder cases.
2017 murder cases
By January 2017, at least 33 murder cases were recorded ranging from shooting, mob justice, suicide and unspecified death.
In February 2017, one murder case by shooting was recorded in Soroti and the suspect, who is a security guard, is still on the run.
In Amuria District, one police officer shot himself over domestic violence, in Ngora District, one person died of suspected poisoning, in Serere District, one person died over domestic violence, in Bukedea District, an LC1 chairman was killed over land- related issues and another person was killed in a bar and all the suspects were arrested.
In Kaberamaido District, three people were killed by fire and more two by mob justice while in Katakwi two cases of murder have been recorded.
In March 2017, one case of murder due to domestic violence has been recorded in Ngora District, one case of drowning has been recorded in Serere District, one case of murder is recorded in Amuria District and also one case of murder by mob justice has been recorded in Kaberamaido District after a man was allegedly accused of stealing a cow.
Mr Tumwesigye said the police were good partners of media because they consume and buy the news.He highlighted that he had specifically called the press conference to brief journalists particularly on what was appearing in Daily Monitor about the murder cases in Teso. Mr Tumwesigye told journalists that the Teso sub-region murders were murders of the past and media needed to report the current status of the region.