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Museveni Instructs IGP Ochola On Use Of Guns By Police Officers, LDUs And Private Security Organisations….

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President Yoweri Museveni has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola to issue a guide to all police officers and Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel on how to use guns.

In a directive to Ochola written on 8th September, 2020, Museveni directed him to print the guide by not later than October,15, 2020 so that it guides security personnel on the proper use of firearms and how to disperse gatherings in accordance with the Public Order Management Act (POMA).

“I am writing to direct you to stop the random shootings by the LDUs and Police, all under the command of the Police. There was shooting dead of one person in Katakwi, one person in Bugiri, two people in Isingiro etc. Analysis of these shootings show that many, if not all, of the shootings were unnecessary,” Museveni said.

He added, “In Katakwi, civilians were fighting among themselves during the elections. Why shoot them? Why not scare them by shooting in the air or simply arresting them? It is said that in Bugiri, some members of the Public, stoned the armed personnel. That was bad. However, shooting to kill, should not have been the first option. They should have identified the stone thrower and arrested him for prosecution.”

Museveni guided that in all these incidents, the shooting should have been to disperse, by shooting in the air.

Museveni asked Ochola to follow the structure and sequence of the Public Order Management Act on riots which states:

(1) Shooting must only be on command and not by individual security personnel letting off guns.

(2) Secondly, the Standing Orders of riot control, should always be followed to the letter.

(3) These include the following steps:

(a) Diplomacy – telling them to disperse;

(b)Proclamation by using hand-held micro-phones to warn them to disperse;

(c) Inform them of your intention to use forceful means;

(d) Use non-lethal means like tear-gas;

(e) Using shields, fire live bullets in the air; and

(f) Only firing to disable if the rioters are charging forward unstoppably and endangering the lives of the security personnel, i.e. in self-defence.

“Nobody should be allowed to carry a gun anywhere in Uganda on behalf of the State and engage in dealing with the Public, that is not aware of these procedures. Each Police Post, must have a copy of these procedures and all the Police personnel and LDUs, attached to policing areas, individually, must be conversant, to the last letter, of those procedures,” he said.

He added, “UPDF Units, in case they need to support the Police, must first be educated about these procedures. Nobody should ever be deployed to deal with the Public if he/she is not first sensitized about these procedures. When UPDF is dealing with the terrorists, it, of course, follows the rules of engagement of war that are totally different.”

Museveni also directed on the use of guns in the hands of Private Security Organisations, “This now leaves the Private Security Organizations that are also armed. The Private Security Organizations are not mandated to deal with the Public. They are, mainly, hired to guard homes and properties against thieves and robbers.”

“The rules of engagement of these are clear: Do not allow break-ins into the properties you are hired to protect. Should Private Security Organizations be allowed to provide body-guards to people outside homes? I do not think, it is a good idea,” he said.

He added, “The Police leadership should discuss this and make recommendations. The IGP should issue operational procedures, in a booklet form, to Private Security Organizations for guarding homes and properties. The properties are different: homes, business premises, banks, farms etc. How do the Private Security Organizations guard each of those firmly but without the irrational use of fire-arms?”

The President directed Ochola to have the booklet with the instructions, procedures for using guns for Police, LDUs operating under the command of the Police in relation to dealing with the Public and the Private Security Organizations while guarding the different homes and properties by October, 15th, 2020.

 

By Grapevine Reporter

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Always Involve Police In Your Programmes – IGP Ochola Tells Religious Leaders, Apologises To Emeritus JB Kaggwa, The Catholic Church….

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Bishop Kaggwa (L) with Kasingye (R)

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has apologised to Rtd Emeritus John Baptist Kagwa after his men teargassed him and other traditional leaders while attending the Mbogo (Buffalo) clan meeting.

In a message delivered by the police Chief Political Commissar, AIGP Asan Kasingye, Ochola applauded  the Bishop for his resilient and steadfast leadership during the disruptive incident by the territorial Police.

“Today, I  led a delegation of senior officers on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, to purposely meet the Rtd Emeritus John Baptist Kagwa at his home in Masaka and delivered  apologies to him, his family and the catholic church fraternity, over the disruptions caused during the thanksgiving ceremony of the Mbogo clqan at the clan headquarters in Mugulu village, in Singo,” Kasingye said.

He added, “The IGP carried out a thorough review and evaluation of the incident, and acknowledges the operational lapse which led to the use of teargas that spread and impacted on the congregation and the public.

He extended further apologies in addition to the earlier ones made, regarding this regrettable incident.”

“He applauded the Bishop for his resilient and steadfast leadership during this disruptive incident by the territorial Police.  He further requested that all leaders (including religious leaders) should always involve the Police in programmes such as these for better coordination during this Covid19 pandemic in order to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 transmission among the entire public,” he said.

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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I HAVE GIVEN YOU 14-DAYS: Buchaman Gives All Ghetto Presidents Ultimatum To Surrender Army Uniforms To Security After Submitting His…

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Buchaman and some of the military wear he handed over to police

Musician Mark Bugembe alias Buchaman has submitted a number of military attire that he has been possessing illegally.

The Self-proclaimed presidential advisor on ghetto affairs handed over the attire to the Kampala South Police Commander, James Ruhweza in Makindye, a Kampala suburb today in the company of his wife, kids and other ghetto members.

“I have been on a mission to collect all military attires from my ghetto people. I want to send my voice and appeal to all ghetto members throughout the country that we have only one army, called the UPDF,” Buchaman said.

Buchaman also issued a 14-day ultimatum to anyone with military and any security attires to follow the directive to hand over all the military attires or face the wrath of the law.

“Take all military attires you have any nearby police station. Even those calling themselves ghetto presidents, you need to heed to this directive,” he warned.

The Kampala Metropolitan South Police commander, James Ruhweza applauded Buchaman and his ghetto group for leading by example.

Recently, police spokesperson Fred Enanga warned that security forces will continue with operations on illegal use of armed forces uniforms.

He cautioned that the operations will be targeting illegal manufacture, supply and distribution and selling of the armed uniforms across the country including berets, pips, ranger boots and heavy jackets.

Last week, a combined team of security forces raided National Unity Platform offices in Kamwokya and other parts of the city where several people were arrested and other military attires confiscated.

Shortly after the raid on NUP offices, army spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso said that a joint operation is ongoing to recover military and police stores and other military/police patented designs from the public.

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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Kasangati Police Boss In Trouble For  Breaking  Businessman’s Leg Over Curfew Directive…

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Bedridden Daniel Muweke and Andrew Angume (inset)

Kasangati Police Division boss in trouble for breaking a civilian’s leg.

Daniel Muweke (31), a businessman in Kasangati accuses Andrew Angume, the commandant of operations at Kasangati police for ordering his officers to beat him and break his leg.

“It was Saturday evening when Angume with his men stormed my working place and started beating me saying that I was violating curfew directives. During the beating, I fell down and Angume rode his police motorcycle on my legs and broke them,” Muweke stated.

He added that when he started screaming, Angume ordered his men to put him on handcuffs and they continued beating him until other people came to his rescue him.

He narrated that when people threatened to fight police, Angume ordered his men to remove handcuffs from his hands and they took off.

Muhammad Saaku father to Muweke

Muweke told us that on Monday morning, he was carried by his relatives to go and open a police file at Kasangati police Station but he was stopped by Angume.

“He gave me Shs200,000 and pleaded with me not to open a police file against him. I took the money but after I was advised to return the money to Angume, I gave it to our area chairperson to return it to him,” Muweke said.

He explained that what he wants is justice, not money. Efforts to speak to Angume were futile since he was not picking our calls.

 

By Robert Semirimo

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