Jinja: In a proactive effort to combat rising criminal activity in Jinja city, MM Integrated Steel Company Limited, a leading iron sheet manufacturing facility, has embarked on a mission to empower the Uganda Police Force by constructing police posts across the country. Their most recent project involved the establishment of a police post worth UGX 35 million in Jinja taxi park, supplementing five other police posts already constructed in areas like Jinja old and new bridges.
The bustling taxi park, home to over 500 vehicles, has grappled with security challenges arising from inadequate police accommodation and facilities. This has led to increased theft and the presence of undesirable elements. The newly established police post is poised to lead the charge against such wrongdoings and restore order to the park, as it is equipped with all the necessary resources.
Speaking at the commissioning of the project, Shashi Kent Kumar, the Public Relations Officer of MMI Steel Company, emphasized the company’s commitment to social responsibility and community support. Located in Masese, Jinja city, the company not only provides employment opportunities to local residents but also engages in various community initiatives.
MMI Steel Company operates in several countries, including Tanzania, Rwanda, and Mozambique. In Uganda, where it has been active for a decade, the company runs programs like “Fundi Women,” which trains women in roofing and the use of their renowned products. The company also offers internship opportunities to students pursuing fabrication courses and donates iron sheets to schools, hospitals, and places of worship across the country.
SP James Mubi, the Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, commended MMI for its significant support to the police and the local community. He stated that this partnership would aid in cracking down on criminals in the park and its vicinity. The taxi park, adjacent to Jinja Central Market, attracts traders from various districts in Busoga and beyond, making security a top priority.
Mubi cited a recent incident in which a businesswoman was robbed of UGX 120 million in the park. Thanks to police attention, the suspect was apprehended, and the money was recovered. Mubi also highlighted the vital role played by citizens in the park, who actively engage with the police post and provide information about criminals. Additionally, he revealed that over 30 police CCTV cameras are monitoring Jinja Central Market and the taxi park, enhancing security in the area.