The Uganda Police Force have ordered all regional commanders to increase the security of elderly persons in the country.
This was revealed by Police spokesperson Fred Enanga during the weekly press briefing at the force’s headquarters in Naguru. He said that currently the abuse and victimisation of elderly people is on increase.
Enanga added that due to their health and natural physical weaknesses, elderly people are now a vulnerable group which is occasionally taken advantage of by their either relatives or wicked people who want to take their property.
“For that matter, management has tasked all our commanders in every region to take keen interest of the needs of elderly people within their jurisdictions and ensuring that their security is tight regularly and also reduce on their isolation,” said Enanga.
Regional commanders are to work with other stakeholders to promote awareness of the emotional abuse of elderly persons.
The call for an increase for elderly people’s security follows the recent statistics by the Homicide department which showed that in less than a month over seven elderly people have been murdered by their close relatives.
“From the 14th last month to 10th this month, over 10 incidents of murder targeting elderly people were reported. Seven of them were killed, currently, we have over 14 suspects arrested,” revealed Enanga.
In Rwizi and Elgon regions, two murder cases were reported from each, Kigezi and West Nile, one case was reported in each and in Ntungamo district one case was also reported.