Kayihura tests 2016 spy choppers

Another police VIP chopper aquired from Italy

Another police VIP chopper aquired from Italy


President Yoweri Museveni on Friday commissioned two new police choppers at Entebbe airbase.

The function was attended by top police bosses, UPDF air force commanders and the officials from Uganda prisons services.

The new state-of-art choppers will be used to spy and crack down on rioters in the 2016 elections.

Gen Kayihura embarking from the chopper

Gen Kayihura disembarking from the chopper

Speaking on the event, Police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura, said the two choppers were purchased from Italy and Poland.

The last police chopper crash landed in Bugiri district carrying former Prime Minister, Apollo Nsibambi, in March 2010.

According to Kayihura, the new choppers were bought with money given by insurance for the one that crashed.

The choppers Agusto Westland 1098P an 8 seater from Italy and Sokol W3A 14 seater from Poland have sophisticated gadgets which will help to crack down on criminals who want to destabilize the country during and after the elections.


“We are going to work with the electoral commission to make sure that we track down these criminals during the coming elections,” he said.

The choppers have sensitive and strong cameras with night vision capability which can capture images at night and can follow criminals even during the dark.

Augusto Westland 1098P can carry troops and conduct a search on water and rescue missions acting as an air ambulance.


Kayihura tests one of the choppers

Kayihura said police already has intelligence that some people want to burn Kampala during elections warning that the choppers will track down and track them down.

He said police will also receive three other choppers donated by an Italian at the end of this year.

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