There has been a grand re-entry of the stick wielding men and women dressed in casual attire.
These groups are funded by the government of Uganda and the institution of Police to make sure there is genocide in Uganda.
We saw the grand entry in the 2001 elections when these goons emerged from behind streets of Kampala beating up everybody in opposition and killing many.
Let’s closely look at the following groups and there missions:-
Wembley Squad (2001)
In the year 2001, a group known as “The Wembley Squad”, under the command of Col. Elly Kayanja stormed the scene out of nowhere and gave civilians a special treat that they would not easily forget.
Reports then circulated that Operation Wembley, with its official “shoot-to-kill” policy was masterminding tortures and illegal detentions of Ugandans.
Kiboko squad (2006)
Stick-wielding men, dressed in civilian clothes and some armed with assault rifles, stormed polling stations and beat up voters on July 12, erupting the violence that marred the election.
The group was linked first to the Black Mamba Squad and later to Maj Roland Kakooza Mutale’s special operations unit meant to crack down crime in the city Reports then circulated affirming that the Kiboko Squad was established by a group of businessmen in Kampala, with intention of securing their businesses in times of riots.
National Rescue Agency (2010)
This is a non-registered company that initially comprised of 90 people, organized in groups of ten, stationed along Ben Kiwanuka, Nakivubo and Entebbe roads; Kisekka market and Blue Room, along the way to Mengo.
Police could not say who the group works for or who funds their activities.
On whether this gang does not pose a security threat to the country, the way the Mungiki has done next door in Kenya, Kayihura said that although they have not yet become militias, they are definitely a threat in terms of crime.
Crime preventers (2015)
These have been recently passed out by the President and the IGP in the whole Country.
They are facilitated and closely armed to beat up people in the Coming elections 2016.
At the height of all this confusion, President Museveni has always come out to praise these notorious gangs as courageous and patriotic citizens.
Kato Isa, the author, is the National Coordinator NRM Poor Youth Forum