Turkey commandos train Uganda anti-riot police


Uganda Police Force on Friday passed out new officers to serve in the anti-riot unit.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says the officers were passed out by the Assistant Inspector General of Police Dr. Fredrick Yiga.

The officers underwent an intensive anti-riot training at Namboole stadium.

Turkish Police Commandos contacted the course.

In February 2016, Uganda bought anti-riot gear ahead of the election to bolster security during voting.

They included water cannon trucks and armoured trucks which were first parked at Kenya’s Mombasa seaport and with “Uganda Police” emblazoned on them.

Opposition had pointed out that the president was using security personnel to intimidate opposition supporters with teargas and live bullets.

Cissy Kagaba, executive director of anti-corruption coalition Uganda (ACCU), said the timing of the purchase was “suspicious.”

“They (anti-riot gear) will have an intimidating effect… it’s going to be difficult to convince us that these things have been bought for legitimate security concerns,” she said.

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