Following last week’s brutal killing of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi alongside his driver and bodyguard, the police authorities have resolved to provide body armour and escort motorcycles to personnel working with its senior officials.
Speaking to Saturday Monitor on Friday, Mr Asan Kasingye, the newly-appointed police spokesperson, who replaced slain Kaweesi, said police will provide bullet proof vests to all bodyguards and drivers of senior officers so that they can be in position to engage armed attackers.
“We have already discussed that issue and it comes with our mandate to protect citizens and their property. We cannot protect others when we cannot provide for our own officers,” Mr Kasingye said.
The police spokesperson said the Force was to deploy covert and overt security personnel to monitor the security of senior officials at their places of work and residence.
“As per now, we cannot provide lead cars because we don’t have enough. But we have enough motorcycles and we are going to start with the mechanism we have currently,” he said.
The police authorities are also to step up surveillance systems at homes of senior officials as well as the police stations and barracks.
Mr Kasingye said Crime Intelligence and Criminal Investigations Department have been tasked to investigate all the current and previous security threats that targeted senior officers.
The killing of AIGP Kaweesi has seen more than 10 suspects held at the high-security detention centre at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja District.