Over 80 people detained for manufacturing, selling and wearing of military attires in areas of Kamwokya, Makindye, Mulago, Bwaise, Kawempe and Kiyembe.
Over 80 people have been detained in police custody following a joint security operation countrywide to arrest all individuals found wearing attires related to military stores.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, following operations in areas of Kamwokya, Makindye, Mulago, Bwaise, Kawempe and Kiyembe (Luwum Street), they have since arrested up to 82 suspects including those who manufacture and supply these attires.
‘’Following a screening exercise, we have remained with 82 suspects locked up in police cells under different police divisions,’’ Part of Onyango’s statement read in defence of the police’s continued operations on those misusing the military’s uniform.
Meanwhile, this comes only a day after the police on Wednesday sieged the National Unity Platform (NUP) offices in Kamwokya when some of the party’s top leaders were holding a meeting and they confiscated several important documents and other valuables including the CCTV cameras, banners, berets and party posters.
“The military, police and other security agencies have laid siege on the National Unity Platform offices in Kamwokya. Several of our staff and leaders have been arrested. They have also taken so many of our branding materials including posters, banners, berets, t-shirts, pens, notebooks, etc. Our CCTV cameras have been vandalized and equipment was taken away.’’
‘’Some comrades have been arrested and are being held at Kira Road police station. I have also been informed that so many of our people who are selling NUP branding materials in town are being arrested with reckless abandon,’’ Bobi Wine’s statement read adding that the police’s mission was to target NUP.
However, while responding to the incident earlier this week, the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga rubbished the claims insisting that police is carrying out a countrywide operation to arrest all individuals found in possession of attires related to military stores.
Enanga made the remarks at a joint press conference on Wednesday evening. He said that wearing uniforms that are a preserve of the armed forces is illegal behavioural which if not handled quickly will escalate even further escalating especially among some political groups and celebrities.
“Wearing uniforms that are a preserve of the armed forces is illegal behavioural which was escalating especially among some political groups and celebrities. It is a usurpation of the legitimate law enforcement and military functions which is a violation of the law.’’