The Inspector General of Police IGP J.Martin. OKoth Ochola, (ESQ) has launched the 2022 Annual Crime Report as a form of accountability to the population on how the Uganda Police Force is fulfilling its mandate as stipulated under Article 212 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
The report released on Wednesday, shows a sharp increase in the magnitude of crime rate and traffic related offences.
In 2022, Police noted that there was an 18% increase in the number of crimes reported to Police from 196,081 cases reported in 2021 to 231,653 cases mainly due to the full opening of the economy after the Covid-19 lockdown and growing confidence to report crime to Police.
Out of the total cases reported to Police in 2022, 68,405 cases were taken to Court, 26,749 cases were not proceeded with, while 136,499 cases were still under inquiry. This was an improvement compared to 2021 where 65,008 cases were taken to Court, 60,095 cases not proceeded with and 70,978 cases under inquiries.
Out of the cases taken to Court, 10,648 secured convictions, 38 cases were acquitted, 213 cases were dismissed while 57,508 cases are still pending in Court.
Resulting out of the total cases reported to Police, 90,182 suspects (i.e., 83,112 Male Adults, 4,579 Female
Adults, 2,175 Male Juveniles and 316 Female Juveniles) were arrested and charged to Court. Out of whom,
14,908 (13,622 male Adult, 755 Female Adult, 471 Male Juveniles, 60 Female Juveniles) were convicted
and sentenced to serve in various prisons countrywide for the offences they committed, while 73,074 suspects
were still awaiting trial by Courts of Law. In 2022, a grand total of 239,988 persons (140,861 Male Adults,
61,850 Female Adults, 11,234 Male Juveniles, 26,043 Female Juveniles) were victims of crimes.
On average, a total of 19,304 cases were reported to Police per month. The month of October 2022 registered
the highest number of cases reported to Police (20,964 cases), followed by September with 20,836 cases
and July with 20,630 cases
Out of the 28 Policing Regions in Uganda, North Kyoga registered the highest number of cases (17,605),
followed by KMP North with 16,691 cases, KMP South with 14,492 cases, Rwizi with 14,204 cases and
Albertine with 13,544 cases.
Crime By Crime Distribution
Theft of all kinds (General) registered the highest number of cases (28,419 cases), followed by Common
Assault with 26,126 cases, Domestic Violence with 17,698 cases, Obtaining by False Pretences with 10,652
cases, Threatening Violence with 10,345 cases, Defilements with 8,960 cases, Criminal Trespass with 8,418
Nature of Road Traffic Crashes for the Period January – December 2022
During the period under review, there were 20,394 crashes reported out of which 3,901 were fatal, 10,776
were serious and 5,717 were minor as shown in Table 65. The number of fatal crashes increased by 16.9%
from 3,757 in 2021 to 3,901 in 2022. The number of serious crashes increased from 9,070 in 2021 to
10,776 in 2022. The number of minor crashes increased from 4,616 in 2021 to 5,717 in 2022. Overall, there
was a 17% increase in the number of crashes reported in 2022 from 17,443 crashes in 2021 to 20,394
crashes in 2022.
The month of December registered the highest number of crashes (2,013). It was followed by March (1,824)
and August (1,786).
The highest number of crashes was recorded between 1900hrs and1959hrs. The lowest number of crashes were recorded between 0200hrs and 0259hrs
There were 21,473 casualties from road crashes in 2022, an increase of 19% as compared to 2021. Persons
who died as a result of road crashes increased by 9%, persons seriously injured increased by 21% and those
that sustained minor injuries increased by 33%
The Uganda Police Force draws its mandate from the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, Chapter Twelve, Article 212, which stipulates the functions of the force as follows:
• To protect life and property;
• To preserve law and order;
• To prevent and detect crime; and
• To cooperate with the civilian authority and other security organs established under the Constitution and with the population generally.
See full 2022 Annual crime report on https://www.upf.go.ug