Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura has Monday held a meeting with European Union envoys in Kampala during which he refuted media claims that he said government would not hand over power if defeated by the opposition in the 2016 elections.
Kayihura was quoted by the Observer as saying crime preventers would be handed guns in preparation for war.
In what officials described as a “relaxed, visit this calm and cordial meeting, http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-5e0da8f04836860255d00c06d81c4d80.php ” Kayihura denied “the inflammatory phrases” attributed to him by the newspaper and assured envoys of the “absolute impartiality of the police force in the upcoming elections.”
The diplomats had expressed alarm at Kayihura’s alleged claims.
According to police publicist Fred Enanga, http://celiac-disease.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-delete-media-endpoint.php Kayihura assured the diplomats that “police shall guarantee peaceful, secure, free and fair elections.”
The police chief added: “All parties should rest assured that the UPF is committed to act in a non-partisan way, in order to ensure equal rights of all candidates and, especially, of people of Uganda.”
ChimpReports understands that diplomats expressed reservations about acts of violence perpetrated by police in different parts of the country especially against opposition candidates and their supporters.
Kayihura acknowledged that in “isolated incidents during the electoral campaigns, especially involving supporters of the opposition, the police could have acted inappropriately in use of force. “
The police boss further revealed that investigations have been carried out into acts of violence and appropriate action taken, including removing responsible officers from their positions of appointment.
He maintained that unnecessary use of force was “localised” and that neither him nor the police command sanctioned such acts.
On the role of crime preventers, Kayihura presented what police described as “opposition-leaning youth” who pioneered the crime prevention at Makerere University.
They claimed the program is modelled along the lines of South Korean model of neighbourhood watch and assured the curious diplomats of non-politicisation of their activities.
Enanga said at the close of the meeting, police agreed to work closely with the office of UN Commissioner on Human Rights to address some concerns expressed and ensure crime preventers’ actions conform to UN standards on law enforcement and respect of human rights.
“UPF and EU Ambassadors agreed to have a more direct, open and regular dialogue to ensure transparency and fairness especially during the election period,” said Enanga.
The Head of EU Delegation, Kristian Schmidt, ?expressed gratitude at meeting Gen Kayihura and his team.
“ We appreciate the dialogue and collaboration,” said Kristian on his official Twitter handle.
A total of 24 vehicles suspected to have been stolen from the United Kingdom have Tuesday been handed over to UK authorities by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
The vehicles mostly Range Rovers, sildenafil http://compraresenzaricettaonline.com/wp-includes/script-loader.php Audis, http://codesiconsulting.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/contact-form.php Beattles and Lexus were impounded in an operation codenamed ‘Navigation’ in July 2015.
They are valued in billions of shillings.
Some of the vehicles are said to have been imported while concealed in containers loaded with mattresses, while others were intercepted on the roads.
The claimants have since been hesitant to contact URA for fear of being apprehended.
According to Oyo Nyeko, the Deputy Director of Interpol in Uganda, the operation consisting of Police, URA Customs Department and UK’s National Vehicle Crimes Intelligence Service suspects there’s a racket involved in the theft and delivery of these vehicles.
“This operation is an eye opener and investigations are still ongoing to track down the culprits and have them arrested,” Nyeko told journalists.
He discouraged the public from owning vehicles that are not properly verified.
The URA Commissioner General Grace Akol while speaking at the handover of the 24 vehicles at the Authority headquarters in Nakawa appreciated the good inter-agency coordination and network that led to a successful operation.
She added: “Customs has a role of protecting Ugandans from using dangerous and illegal products and that includes stolen vehicles.”
The British High Commissioner to Uganda, Alison Blackburne hailed the agencies involved in impounding these vehicles which she said indicates close cooperation.
“This is an excellent example of bilateral cooperation across agencies and it marks an end of a long and significant operation,” Ambassador Blackburne said.
The Ambassador pledged UK’s support in training URA staff to continue clamping down on such sophisticated crimes.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni is set to hold his final campaign rally in Kampala at Kololo Independence grounds on February 16.
The party Task force spokesperson, viagra 60mg Mike Ssebalu has revealed that after their candidate successfully held campaign rallies in all regions in the country, medical he will hold his final rally in Kampala.
“We are glad to inform you that our candidate is doing excellently, he has completed all sub regions of Uganda, with rallies in every constituency and sometimes having two rallies in a constituency to make it convenient for our supporters to interact with the candidate,” Ssebalu told the media at the party Secretariat at Kyadondo.
“A total of 237 rallies in 237 constituencies have already been done; we are now in the Buganda region. He is even ahead of his programme by 4 days and has done well in time management,” Ssebalu said.
Ssebalu noted that after Buganda, president Museveni will sum up his campaign with another round of rallies at sub regional levels especially in WestNile, Lango, Acholi, Bugishu, Teso, Busoga before climaxing in Kampala.
“This second round of rallies will be held in sub regions’ major towns such as Arua, Lira, Gulu, and Mbale.”
The Task force spokesperson revealed that president Museveni will be holding rallies in all the five divisions of Kampala (Nakawa, Makindye, Kawempe, Rubaga) which according to NRM set up, are referred to as districts.
He added that the president will as well employ the ‘Door to door’ campaign strategy in Kampala where he will make interact with a number of his supporters at the household level.
“In this strategy, the candidate hopes to meet and intercut with both his supporters and none supporters who he hopes to convert,” noted Sebalu.
“If we are to increase our support, we can only do it by hitting the opposition support base and there is no better way than to engaging these voters at that level,” he added.
The capital city remains a stronghold of the fourth time presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye.