‘It’s really sad but true, Events organizers and promoters cry out for help’- Dixon Okello

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The rate at which the Police (RPCs, DPCs) and the District Internal Security Officers (DISO), demand for money for ‘facilitation’ and allowances, for officers deployed at events, from Event organizers and promoters, is very worrying and absolutely pathetic. Cases of officers, threatening to stop an event or arrest the promoter, even after hundreds of revelers have already accessed the venue, are increasing.

What beats my understanding is that the senior officers, don’t even trust themselves. I have witnessed several times how senior officers clash for money at Namboole after an international match and at international music concerts and forget to supervise their juniors.

In most cases, junior officers deployed, never get their allowances or are underpaid. I vividly remember officers, getting only 3000shs from their DPC after a big event, yet the promoter, had offered 20,000shs per officer.

It’s now the norm for most DPCs, to claim that they will deploy 1000 officers, even for a small event of about 300 guests. Where will they get them from?

It’s the duty of the police and sister agencies, to serve and protect Ugandans and they shouldn’t always be greedy for money and at the same time provide poor services, especially crowd control management. Just attend any international soccer match at Namboole, you will always see the area RPC,DPC,RISO,DISO and several senior officers, seated by the pitch and forgetting to monitor the situation in and around the stadium.

I believe, it’s about time the inspector General of Police, formed a competent crack task force unit, that handles events/functions. This unit should be deployed at all sports events (mainly soccer) and concerts as is done abroad. Event promoters would find it easier to deal with them.

Dixon Okello

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