Kyakabadiima Police Post was established and granted to the area by the Uganda Police force in 1997 due to the increased crime rates that had hit the area.
Following the recent directive from the Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola to all the district police commanders (DPCs) ordering them to merge all the police posts in Uganda with less than six police officers and merge them with their neighboring police stations, a concerned resident of Kyakabadiima Sub-county in Kagadi district has petitioned the office of the District Police Commander Kagadi refuting his action of merging Kyakabadiima Police Post with Kyenzige CPS.
Benon Kasigazi, who addressed himself as the native resident of Kyakabadiima Sub County in his petition, noted that Kyakabadiima Police Post was established and granted to the area by the Uganda Police force in 1997 due to the increased crime rates that had hit the area.
In a letter obtained by this media house dated 17th August, 2022, Kasigazi noted that the police post also serves other places including Kanyabebe, parts of Kyenzige Sub County and Kyenzige Town council and that it was established on grounds of providing security to the prominent business men and also end tribal clashes that had caused insecurity for long.
Kasigazi in his petition wants the District Police Commander to revoke his quick reaction of merging the police post and first do thorough consultations with the community who are the stakeholder before he hands over the community to terrible security threats.
Recently, Kyakabadiima local leaders led by the area district councilor and secretary for finance Ramuel Betonda held a security meeting at Kyakabadiima community hall in Kyakabadiima trading Centre and protested the policy of merging Kyakabadiima police post with Kyenzige Police station.
They alleged that Kyakabadiima sub-county produces high value crops like vanilla and other properties of residents are not secure as the area registers high cases of theft.
Meanwhile, responding to the aggrieved Kyakabadiima local leaders and residents, the Albertine region Police spokesperson ASP Julius Hakiza said Uganda police force merged the posts that had small numbers of officers to help respond to emergencies and to ease the work of police
He however said that there recruitments and trainings of new personnel going on and once they are passed out they will fill the manpower gap and posts will be re-established.