Alcohol-related crimes on the rise- Police 

Alcohol-related crimes on the rise- Police 

Across the country, police have reported an increase in violent crimes fueled by alcohol and drug abuse.

This report follows several violent incidents, including stabbings, brawls, and hospitalisations, resulting from drunk fights, assaults, and fights for women in various police jurisdictions.

Addressing the media in Kampala, police spokesperson Fred Enanga blamed such incidents on the proprietors and managers of bars who allow excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, and other dangerous behaviours and violence within their premises.

He claimed that fights always break out as a result of poor stewards and bouncers at the doors, fights over women, and football fan violence, and that in most cases, victims are referred to hospitals and the incidents are not reported to police.

“This time around, we are taking a keen interest in bar crimes. If a crime is concealed or poorly managed, with zero guards, unqualified staff and bouncers, which risk a customer, they will be summoned for negligence, complacence and other related offences,” he said

Among the incidents that Enanga pointed out include one which happened on December 13, at Apex bar Lyantonde, where a one CPL Amanya Kenneth alias Rwamulago, attached to Revenue Enforcement, was attacked and strangled to death by one Akim, who tried to befriend his girlfriend, Kyampire Apophia.

It is said that the suspect followed the victim, when he moved out briefly, and strangled him to death in the corridor, next to the bar.

“He was arrested together with the cashier Immaculate Kyomugisha, and Joshua who are detained at Lyantonde CPS,” he added

Similarly, another violent incident happened in Kireka where a one Michael Opio and his wife Monica Nyaoro developed a misunderstanding at a drinking joint. The wife Monica Nyaoro accused her husband, of loving another woman whom he was seen standing with along the road, that evening.

A scuffle ensued, after which, the wife ran home, picked a knife, returned and stabbed her husband to the neck. The victim was rushed to Express Care Clinic, where he bled to death. The suspect was arrested and charged with murder.

In another development, Enanga informed the press that the police in Luuka district, have in custody three suspects after a month-long investigation, which established that a one Muhammad Kiribaki, a 28-year-old, peasant of Iganga “A” village was murdered in Makalibisho bar, on the December 11, and his body dumped at Gwembuzzi village.

This led to the arrest of Nabongho Eriakest, a 30-year-old cashier, Swaga Steven aged 56, and Mukhoda Jannet, a 22-year-old, hairdresser.

“The victim was tortured from the bar to death and the body was transported and dumped near his village. He had several injuries to the head, on the arms, and the left finger cut off,” reads part of the report.

From the above, the police spokesperson revealed that territorial commanders have been tasked to prepare catalogues of profiled incidents at bars, which they will further use to recommend the closure or removal of operating licences.

“We, therefore, urge all bar owners to have qualified stewards, staff, security, a system of reporting incidents, and training on how to deal with violent or intoxicated customers. If possible, have CCTV cameras in place and medical rooms for first aid treatment,” said police

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