Security Firms Ordered to Halt Deployment of Lone Armed Guards

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In short
The deployment of the two armed guards at every guard duty which will come at the cost of the client. Currently, the average cost of an earned guard per month is Shillings 600,000 but the price is expected to increase to Shilling 1.2million to cater for the second guard.

Uganda Police has directed private security firms to stop deploying one armed guard. In his December 31, 2018 letter, Asuman Mugyenyi, the Director Operations Uganda Police Force directs private firms to deploy two guards at each duty station.

Mugyenyi warns Private security firms against defying the directive. "In spite of warning letters to you, deployment of lone armed private security guards has continued. The result has been that many security guards have been victims to this with other losing lives and fire arms falling into the hands of thugs, "Mugyenyi wrote in the letter.

Adding that, "In order to safeguard the lives of security guards and minimize loss of firearms you are once again directed to deploy two guards at each guard point. This serves as a final warning." 

Hiring a private armed guard costs 600,000 Shillings on average each months, which means clients have to part with an additional  600,000 Shillings for a second guard.
This is the third time police is issuing the same order. The matter first came up during a meeting between the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola and directors of private security firms in November last year. 

During the meeting, the Directors of Private firms said the directive has cost implications on their clients because they will have to pay an extra guard. 

A source privy to the meeting told URN on condition of anonymity that Ochola maintained his stand, saying there can't compromise when it comes to protecting firearms from falling into wrong hands as well as the lives of the guards.

Anisah Murungi, a resident of Kansanga has been using an armed guard for the last one year. She told URN that her service provider has already notified about the police directive.

"They want me to pay Shillings 1.4million for two guards. Where am I supposed to get that money? I think I will resort to unarmed guards now," she told URN.

Four days ago unidentified thugs attacked a security guard attached to New Securiko Uganda Limited Kabale branch while on guard duties at Rukiga Savings Credit Cooperation branch in Nyaruziba Kasambya sub county in Rukiga district and made off with his firearm.
The directive for armed personnel to operate in pairs started during the reign of the former Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura. He issued the orders when unidentified thugs started targeting armed police officers and make off with their guns. 

Some of the officers were killed while others escaped with several injuries. 90 percent of the fire arms in the hands of Private security firms belong to Uganda Police Force, which hires them out to the firms at a monthly fee.


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Dear Jeanne is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Jeanne has been a URN staff member since 2014.

Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

Jeanne is ambitious to improve her investigative reporting skills. Jeanne’s focus for much of her five year career has been to report on crime and security.