Police warns opposition over alleged nationwide riots

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NUP supporter caught on cameras hitting a female police officer with a hammer on a head downtown Kampala during the 18/19th November, 2020 riots

The police have sent sincere warnings to the members of the opposition political groups particularly members of the National Unity Platform – NUP over alleged plans to conduct massive nationwide riots.

According to a March 8 press statement by Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, police alleges that they have  received information from credible sources about opposition plans to hold nationwide violent demonstration onTuesday March 9, with the city Kampala being the prime target area.

According to a statement, the organisers are using social media and leaflets with protest messages to mobilise protestors.

“The organizers of these illegal demonstrations are mobilising the public using social media and leaflets with wording that reads “Time is Now. Join Nationalwide protests to fight for our victory. M7 Tajja Kulayira.” Read excerpts of the statement.

Police further warned that they have heavily deployed its security personnel to counter these illegal acts with vigilance.

Organisers have been warned to desist from participating in unlawful demonstrations.

Owoyesigyire intimidated that police will arrest and charge whoever will be found in the acts.

“The police will not hesitate to arrest and charge in courts of law  anyone, who will be found participating in these illegal activities,” Owoyesigyire warned.

AIGP Edward O Ochom, Genpol Kampala has ordered all regional police commanders (RPCs), DPCs to heavily deploy officers under their commands in blackspot areas known for harbouring rioters.

Ochom ordered that foot and vehicle patrols, road barruers and checking of movements especially by the youth should be employed to ensure stability. He further said COVID-19 curfew time should be adhered to.

No comment was obtained from any NUP officials by publication because it was past time.

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