The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has suspended Ronald Mugabi, the officer-in-charge of Central police Station [CPS] in Kampala over opposition FDC manifestos.
Mugabi is accused of ordering a raid on a printery at Nasser road resulting in the confiscation of Forum for Democratic Change manifestos on January 15.
Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, had earlier denied confiscation of the manifestos saying they had got information that FDC was printing materials to distribute at the Serena presidential live debate that evening.
According to The Observer, Mugabi ordered the raid on the Nasser road printer, arresting FDC officials without getting the approval from his bosses.
Apparently, Nathan Nandala- Mafabi, the FDC secretary general, called Gen Kayihura and accused him of harassing and torturing opposition officials.
In the same spirit, Kayihura suspended the regional police commander for Sipi in the Sebei sub-region, Gerald Tweshime, for teargassing FDC presidential candidate Col Kizza Besigye.
Both Mugabi and Tweshime are being investigated for misconduct by officers from PSU [Professional Standards Unit].
Shoot to kill policy
In another development, Kayihura has restored a shoot-to-kill policy to curb the increasing crime rate in the country.
This comes after the police chief fired all Kampala investigating officers for laziness and negligence that has seen criminals dominate the city.
On Sunday, police recovered a gun and 600 bullets from five suspected thugs, after a raid on a garage in Bakuli, a Kampala suburb.
According to The Observer, Denis Mangusho, Yusuf Jingo, Jafaali Ddembe, Fred Matovu, and Frank Jumbe reportedly confessed to using the gun in last month’s theft of Shs 200m belonging to Africana forex bureau on Jinja road, Kampala.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the suspects stole the money on December 17 from a bullion van on Access road in Kampala after conniving with some workers inside Bank of Africa.
Less than a week after three policemen were waylaid in Kampala and their guns taken, a commanding officer at Lukinzi police post in Luweero district was killed on Sunday night.
Sgt Hussein Seweka had just returned from duty when he was gunned down in front of his home.
Herbert Muhangi, the commandant of the police flying squad, told the newspaper his team recovered seven guns, a pistol and more than 700 rounds of ammunition over the weekend.
Enanga further told Observer that police has resolved that all armed police officers should shoot-to-kill any person who attempts to grab their gun.
“The IGP has allowed all police officers to shoot and kill thugs who intentionally attack them with the aim of grabbing their guns,” he told the newspaper.