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Marine Police unit passes out 48 officers

KAMPALA- 48 Marine Police officers have passed out after undergoing a six-week intensive induction course in maritime operations.

The training took place at Marine Police headquarters, Kigo. While officiating at the pass out ceremony on Friday evening October 30th, 2020, the Commissioner of Police Lawrence Nuwabine, the Deputy Director Human Resources Development urged Police Marine Unit to guard jealously the waters of Uganda since it’s one of the biggest revenue earners for the country.

Nuwabine who represented the Inspector General of Police noted that Ugandan water shouldn’t be infiltrated by wrong elements who may want to sabotage the economic development of Uganda.

CP Nuwabine said that the only way to protect the water bodies effectively is by building the capacity of Marine Police through training and empowering the officers in the unity with the necessary equipments and funds, which police management is trying to address.

He urged the officers to use community policing by engaging the fishing community to reduce incidents of drowning in the water bodies of Uganda, especially addressing the issue over drinking alcohol.

CP Nuwabine thanked the officers for saving lives in the lakes of Uganda despite having very many challenges in the department.

The Commandant Police Marines, Eng. James Apora, said that in the last six years (2015 to 2020), 1980 accidents/incidents have happened in Ugandan waters and they managed to rescue 1118 people, however, 862 lives were lost during that period.

Eng. Apora said that the leading causes of drowning incidents are due to bad weather, overloading and poor state of the vessels.

He added that the mandate of the unit is to ensure maintenance of law and order within Uganda water bodies, to monitor and coordinate search and rescue operations on waters.

They also enforce government regulations on immigration, fishing and smuggling on Uganda Uganda waters. The course modules were navigation in the maritime domain, firefighting in maritime domain, diving, life saving on the water bodies among others.

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Micah Kamusiime
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Micah Kamusiime is a journalist and has been practicing since 2016. He has since covered a number of issues including the Rukungiri Woman MP By elections while at 91.8 Boona FM and tried to fight for the rights of needy Ugandans during the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. Here were are to offer you the best, trusted and well researched news stories for human consumption and informative articles. Contact: micahkamusiime@gmail.com +256774229136 | +256704900394

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