KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola has halted the operating licenses of thirty-nine (39) private security companies in the wake of increased gun violence in the country.
The deputy police spokesperson, CP Polly Namaye said that the affected companies failed to fulfil some or all of the necessary conditions for license renewal last year(2022) as per Regulation 14(d) of the Police (Control of Private Security Organisations) Regulations 2013.
“These companies failed to fulfill some or all of the necessary conditions for license renewal last year (2022) as per Regulation 14(d) of the Police (Control of Private Security Organisations) Regulations 2013,” Ms Namaye said in a Tuesday police statement.
According to her, some of the conditions listed that the companies failed to fulfil include; obtaining an NSSF certificate of clearance, evidence of payment of gun licensing fees/ gun rental fees, and evidence of annual inspection of the company, among others.
“A detailed list of these companies can be found at all Police Stations and Regional Police headquarters,” Ms Namaye added.
Consequently, the IGP directed all regional Police Commanders to ensure that the 39 companies halt their operations with immediate effect and ensure compliance with the suspension.
Here is the full list of security companies suspended by police:
- ALPHA GUARD SECURITY SERVICES
- TĄCTICAL SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- FIELD BUREAU INVESTIGATORS LTD
- KWISAPH SECURITY LTD
- CRACK SECURITY LTD
- BLUE WAȚER GUARD$ SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- BYAKUNO SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- BLUE FOX GUARDS DND
- SOLID SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- AL-THURAYA CONSULTANCY LTD.
- TAIFA SECURITY (U) LTD
- UNITED HEROES LTD
- AZA SECURITY CO. LTD
- AXIS WARRIORS LTD
- BUKA SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- WINK WORTH INVESTIGATORS AND DETECTIVE AGENCY LTD
- CHRISTIAN GUARDS SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- EXECUTIVE SERVICES INTERNATIONAL LTD
- RESERVE PROTECTÍON SERVICES LTD
- IRIS SECURITY COMPANY LTD
- SHARP SECURITY O. LTD
- STRAT CORPS SECURITY LTD
- TEBE SECURITY GROUP LTD
- ZEBRA SECURITY CO. LTD
- KBJ GUARDS CO, LTD
- THE GIDEONS MEN
- RANGERŞ SECURITY LTD
- ELGA FORÇE SECUNTY LPD
- ANKA SECURKȚY SERVICES LTD
- NDUGARI SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- HERCULES SUPPÒRTU)
- KRONE (U) LTD
- TRUST SECURITY COMPANY LTD
- STAR REACT SECURITY GUARDS LTD
- DELTA FORCE PROTECȚION SERVICES LTD
- PREMIER SECURITY SYSTEM LTD
- ALERT GUARDS & SEÇURITY SYSTEMS LTD
- TRACKER (U) LTD
Accordingly, a team of officers from the Private Security and Firearms department have been instructed to conduct the withdrawal/ recovery of firearms from the respective PSOs.
Uganda Police says it continues to receive requests for license reinstatement from PSOs whose licenses were previously suspended, and this will depend on whether the necessary conditions for renewal of the license have been fulfilled.
“The Directorate of Operations has developed Standard Operating Procedures for all Private Security Companies. Each PSO has been supplied a copy of the SOPs for compliance. Important to note is that each Private Security Guard shall receive mandatory training based on a standard training curriculum,” police said in a statement.
“Deployment of security guards shall depend on their successful accomplishment of this mandatory training.”
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