Crime & Investigation

Police: Museveni Didn’t Order Redeployment of Field Force

Police in a special operations training exercise

Uganda Police has refuted media reports that President Museveni ordered the removal of the Field Force Unit from Kampala Metropolitan area following cases of human rights abuses.

“The Police would like to categorically state that these reports are false and misleading as there is no such directive given by H.E The President to the IGP, visit ” said police spokesperson Andrew Kaweesi.

“The unit is however being reorganized to focus more on its two core mandates of public order management and handling military like situations including criminal violence, more about highway security and security along the borders, diagnosis ” he added in a statement to ChimpReports on Sunday.

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The force has in recent months come under heavy criticism for using violent methods to suppress dissent and crush opposition processions especially in Kampala.

Police officers suspected of overstepping their mandate in controlling crowds are facing disciplinary proceedings.

Kaweesi said the general policing duties which the unit has been handling in Kampala shall now be carried out by the general duty police personnel from the Kampala Metropolitan Police, whose strength has been beefed up by the recently passed out Probationer Police Constables and cadet ASP officers.

He further pointed out that the Field Force Unit has done a “commendable national service of keeping law and order in Kampala city and other parts of the country, and His Excellency the President has on many occasions applauded their good work of ensuring total law and order in the city.”


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