The Uganda Police has said that it has 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.
Police says the 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.’’ Reads the statement in part.
To avoid a repeat of such loss and injury, the Police says, they are better prepared for violence 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.’’