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Kanungu district gets first ever police dog

Police in Kanungu, Kigezi sub-region has received its first and only police dog to enhance their fight against criminality in the district.  

Attaining district status in 2001 after being curved out of Rukungiri, Kanungu borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and hosts tourist potentials of Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth national parks.

On Saturday, a team of officials from the police headquarters in Kampala led by assistant inspector of police (AIP) Gabriel Kyesiimo handed over the German Shepherd named 'Prince' to Kanungu security and political authorities.  

Kyesiimo revealed that the dog shall be handled by a police constable he only identified as Otim. Superintendent of police Titus Kutosi, Kanungu district police commander, says the establishment of canine unit services will help police and the community to curb cases of theft especially those involving coffee and domestic animals among others.  

Kutosi however said that the budget for the department covering transport means and fuel is not yet available. Godfrey Karabenda, Kanungu town council LC III chairman said that extending canine unit services in the district is a relief to locals because the nearest canine services can only be acquired from Kabale, more than 65 kilometres and Rukungiri, more than 40 kilometres away.  

Elly Maate, police spokesperson for Kigezi region says that all leaders in the district now must sensitize locals on how to acquire the service since it is now nearer and free of charge. Maate says that Rubanda and Rukiga are now the only districts in the Kigezi sub-region still lacking canine services. 

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0 #1 Munywi jFrancis Fred 2024-05-28 10:02
I would like to congratulate Prince, the sharp-nosed, four legged police officer, who has been assigned the life-and-death duty of protecting Ugandans and which duty he/ she will carry out efficiently with maximum devotion without fear or favour, regret or theft !!!
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