Idle & Disorderly ‘crime’: What North Kyoga Police boss said

Lira – Uganda Police Force’s spokeperson for North Kyoga region has told TND News they are too “small to object” the directive and orders of big people – “our bosses”.

David Ongom Mudong, speaking to this contemporary online newspaper on Wednesday afternoon, says he has got a copy of the Tuesday, October 1, 2019 directive issued by Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochola to all Police directors, RPCs and DPCs countrywide.

In his directive, Mr. Okoth Ochola says he was instructed by the Commander in Chief, also the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni to have out of custody, those arrested for crime of “Idle and Disorderly”.


“His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda has directed that no person should be arrested of the crime of “Idle and Disorderly”. The President has also directed that all those arrested be released immediately and prosecution discontinued,” IGP’ letter reads.

It adds: “I hereby instruct all police officers to fully comply with H.E. the President’s directive in the above subject matter.”

According to Mudong, the directive must be implemented by responsible officers.

“So, therefore, since I don’t directly involve myself in the operation of arresting and releasing I think the code, the same document has been copied to the operation commanders on the ground, especially police stations,” he said.

He adds: “And I know if that directive is received I know they should have implemented as directed. That’s it. That one is unquestionable.”

Asked if North Kyoga Police have started implementing or have implemented the directive, and if yes, how many have gotten freedom, Mr. Mudong explains: “Aah no. I don’t have the statistics but what I know is the directive is being implemented and I know the DPC have got the same document. That, definitely I know.”

“Since I told you the directive and orders are not questionable, they must be implemented given the nature of the people – the big men who have given directive.”

According to Mudong, the President is the “Fountain of Honor” and the IGP is the “Chief Executive” of the Uganda Police Force.

On the general security in the entire North Kyoga region, he tells TND News: “North Kyoga is good – we are good and we are preparing for the Independence Day – also a national function.”

Renata Adler says of idle people: “Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.”

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