Ochola, early this year told a joint security press briefing that the police would continue beating journalists for their own safety. At the time, several journalists had sustained injuries from the campaign trail where they were hit with batons, rubber bullets and teargas canisters, in what appeared to be a direct attack against media practitioners.
The relaunch of the operation dubbed ‘Komboa’ follows an increase in the level of power losses over the last one year, especially during the lockdown, when enforcement was suspended.
According to Umeme, power losses through theft and illegal connections have risen to more than 17% of the total power supplied, up from the 13% recorded a year ago.
The agency cited wanton killings by security forces, arrests and beatings of opposition supporters and journalists, disruption of opposition rallies, and a shutdown of the internet as major setbacks in the pursuit of democracy and the rule of law.
NRM leaders in Kisoro recently requested president Museveni to Pardon Kayihura in recognition of his relentless service to the country. Kayihura hails from Kisoro district. In response to the request, President Museveni said he would speak to the military prosecution about the matter.
The journalists who had turned up to cover the Monday press conference tasked the Chief Political Commissar of the Uganda People's Defence Force Brigadier Henry Masiko to apologize for the brutality of journalists by security personnel.
Male Mabirizi has written to the clerk of Parliament Jane Kibirige asking her to block the appointment of General Paul Lokech who has been appointed the Deputy Inspector General of Police on grounds that it is an illegality.
In a press statement sent to Uganda Radio Network, the NRM says that security was invited because the heightened political season has put security on high alert following the detection of large numbers of coordinated groups operating in the field
According to Kaahwa, the accident occurred when the land cruiser registration number UAJ 036A that was transporting the tourists to towards Masaka rammed into a trailer registration number UBB 170D belonging to the Masaka based Muto Hardware that was destined for Kampala.
The stretch from Nakawa to Namanve is heavily guarded by the Military Police, Uganda Police and Local Defense Unit personnel, mainly around Spear Motors, Kyambogo Road, Kireka Trading Centre and Bweyogerere.
Richard Seruggo, one of the passers-by who felt the wrath of teargas, says he was minding his business when he saw a police van throwing teargas. He says there was no chaos in the area and many people were going about their normal businesses.
The Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson, Luke Owesigire, says the operation was prompted by reports implicating people in the affected areas for selling and smoking drugs.
“Information was received by the top commanders of Mukono Police Divisional Headquarters indicating that there are persons who had made it a daily routine to smoke opium and open bars at Benghazi-Wantoni and Nasuuti areas. Management agreed that an operation be conducted to curb the criminality in those areas, which was done today,” he said.
According to Owoyesigire, the assailants waylaid Nakibi on her way to the market this morning. They strangled her and left for her dead, where she was found by a Boda boda rider who reported the incident to Masitoowa police station.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says they received complaints from Oloyotong and Omer 1 trading centers in Amuru Sub County indicating that police officers often stage roadblocks in the area where they extort money for illegal charcoal dealers.
The land which houses the Police Training School was offered by the government to the United Nations African Institute for prevention of crime and treatment of offenders (UNAFRI). But it is now occupied by YUASA and Future Company Car bonds.
Fred Enanga the Uganda Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network-URN that it is a common practice for the public to employ any security guard they get without first establishing who they are and where they hail from.