Police: We’re ready to crush Kampala riots

Ugandan soldiers patrol a street in Kampala, Uganda February 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

The Police have obtained credible information about plans by a group of criminal minded persons to hold illegal demonstrations targeting Kampala City, from the city suburbs of Maindye, Nansana, Kyengera, Bwaise, Kireka, Nankulabye, Kibuye, Katwe, Nalukolongo among others.

These demonstrations are deemed illegal because they are not authorized by Police as required under the Public Order Management Act, due to the potential of culminating into riots across the city; including arson, looting of properties, destruction and vandalism, and violent clashes between Police and rock throwing protesters. It is on record during the last such unlawful protests that several businesses reported damage, buildings destroyed, vehicles vandalized and injuries sustained.
To avoid a repeat of such loss and injury, the Police are better prepared for violence tomorrow, Thursday, 10th March, 2016, and secured all routes leading to the City centre.

We have in addition, given orders to the Commanders and Officers to strictly observe the discipline and formation necessary to counter and navigate their way through a civil disturbance, charge rioters and quell the disturbance, to help safeguard and secure the lives and properties of all Ugandans and visitors within the Kampala City area.
The Police are asking the public to be aware of any activity that may lead to riots or vandalism and immediately report to the police for action on telephone contacts; 0714667743/0800199399/0800199088/0800122291/0800199699.

CP Fred Enanga
Press and Public Relations Officer
Uganda Police

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