By Ivan Mwine
The Uganda Police have warned all Ugandans who jog in the morning or evening to be vigilant about their security, because intelligence indicates that there are people targeting joggers with intent to harm them.
The warning comes a few days after the murder of James Kakooza, Who was the LC3 Chairperson for Kamwokya Church Zone, who was attacked last weekend around Centenary Park as he jogged.
The warning to joggers to be cautious is entailed in a statement issued by CP Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson, which reads in part thus;
“As you are all aware, we registered another tragic incident of murder, of Kakooza James, a 54-year-old, LC3 councilor of Kamwokya Church Zone, Central Division, Kampala, after he was attacked by two assailants on a motor cycle, who hit him with a blunt object, during the morning jogging exercise along Centenary Park, towards Yusuf Lule Road. The victim died as a result of the blunt force attack on the 16.07.2022.
The victim left his home at around 5:00Am, for routine morning road run. He was however, trailed by two assailants on a motorcycle, up to Centenary Park, where he was attacked from at around 6:20am.
The targeted attack shows how vulnerable one can be, when they go out very early, for lone jogging exercises. So far one suspect has been arrested, as efforts to trace for the other culprits involved in the targeted murder, are in place.
In addition, our joint Task Team from CID, CI, CMI, ISO and KMP, have obtained good clues from various video footages, cyber and forensic evidence and accounts of witnesses.
Just like the victim, many people publicize their daily routines and movements on social media platforms, which is dangerous, since it can make you a target for your enemies.
Others do it out of excitement, fun and friendship and they reveal where they are travelling, having breakfast, lunch, dinner, parties, clubs, their families, their children and the schools they go to, after school activities etc.
It is trending these days to take photos while posing at venues, with signs stating where you are, and post them on popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
The challenge with it, is that you do not know who is monitoring your life and can take advantage of that information to harm you and your family members.
It is therefore, important to keep your life private especially, business persons, parents, public officials etc, to keep their information to a minimum.”