IGP Declines to Renew Licences of Private Security Firms
The Inspector General of Police-IGP, John Martin Okoth Ochola has declined to renew the licenses of Private Security Organisation-PSOs until their employees and criminal records are fully audited.
As a result, more than 130 privately registered security firms have been operating without licenses since December 31st, 2018 when their old licenses expired.
Recently, Ochola disclosed that the Director of Operations Uganda Police Force, Asuman Mugyenyi presented a list of the private security firms and their contracts to his office for renewal but he declined to sign them.
A committee led by Mugyenyi has since been set up to evaluate the performance of the Private Security Firms and the criminal liability brought by their employees. Police records indicate that 80% of the robberies at guarded premises are masterminded by the security guards.
For example the security guards are believed to have played a key role in the recent robbery at DFCU branch in Bwaise where one of the employees was raped for failing to open the strong room.