Luweero Police Declares Night Curfew over Insecurity

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In short
At least four people have been murdered in the recent past in attacks that have left communities in a state of fear. Two other victims are nursing injuries.

Luweero Police declares curfew restricting movement of persons and Bar operations from 11pm through the night in the wake of rising murder and robbery cases in the district.

At least four people have been murdered in the recent past in attacks that have left communities in a state of fear. Two other victims are nursing injuries.

Luweero District Police Commander Godfrey Ninsiima says that following the wave of murders and robberies, police is restricting movement beyond 11pm. The directive affects Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists.

Ninsiima adds that the night clubs have been ordered to operate for only two days a week and police will mount security check ups at all feeder roads connecting to Luweero and Wobulenzi towns.

He says that wrong elements have been hiding in bars and clubs to terrorise residents, while motorists are aiding them in transportation of the loot.

Ninsiima expresses concern over the number of fire arms in civilian hands.

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However, the new restrictions have met mixed reactions from local leaders and residents.

Charles Ssebyala the Luweero LC 3 Chairman says the security guidelines are also addressed in town council bylaws but their enforcement remains weak. He however calls upon residents to adhere to the course of action in order to avert the security crisis.

But Sebastain Ssebaggala, The LC 3 Chairman of Wobulenzi town council opposes the move saying it affect business and taxes levied by the town officials. Ssebaggala says the murders can be averted through patrols and sensitization campaigns rather than restricting bars which attract customers at night.

Ssebaggala also pleads with the Inspector General of Police to deploy more police officers in the district.

Chris Jjunju a resident of Wobulenzi town says that the measures violate right to movement and police’s responsibility to protect citizens and their property.
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.