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“All the 11 guards were arrested and later released after recording statements with PSU. They are being accused of deviating from police operation procedures when they were guarding presidential candidates. The IGP said they disrespected orders of OCs and DPCs,” source said.
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The Professional Standards Unit –PSU is investigating 11 police officers attached to the security detail of two former presidential candidates, Uganda Radio Network- URN has learnt.

According to police sources, six of the officers were attached to the National Unity Platform –NUP presidential candidate, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, three to the Forum for Democratic Change –FDC presidential candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat while the other two were attached to independent presidential candidate, John Katumba.

Kyagulanyi’s escorts are accused of repeatedly obstructing Officers In charge –OCs, CID commanders and District Police Commander –DPCs from arresting the presidential candidates for defying COVID-19 preventive guidelines. The incidents that led to the arrest of the escorts reportedly happened in among other districts Kayunga, Iganga, Namisindwa, Lwengo and West Nile.



Amuriat’s escorts are being prosecuted on allegations of aiding his escape from arrest in areas where he committed traffic offences and allegedly bruised policemen and their commanders. Such incidents reportedly happened in Mbarara, Rukungiri, Kamwenge and Ibanda districts.

“All the 11 guards were arrested and later released after recording statements with PSU. They are being accused of deviating from police operation procedures when they were guarding presidential candidates. The IGP said they disrespected orders of OCs and DPCs,” source said.


Katumba’s escorts fell in trouble for confronting CID and intelligence officers who on covert operations in Kabalore and Bunyangabu districts. In Fort Portal, Katumba’s guards went physical with policemen that wanted to grab him. Sources say the directive to arrest and prosecute the escorts of the presidential candidates was issued by Inspector General of Police –IGP, Martin Okoth Ochola.

The IGP, according police source, said the guards were overzealous and went overboard by fighting area police commanders. “The IGP instructed PSU to ensure all those who confronted OCs and DPCs are arrested because they went against police operating procedures.  

The escorts were supposed to report to commanders in areas wherever the candidates went and that meant they were under the area police commanders,” source said quoting IGP directive to PSU commandant. While addressing the media alongside other security chiefs barely a fortnight ago, Ochola hinted on investigating the officers.  

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The PSU commandant, Sarah Kibwika declined to comment on the matter, saying she isn’t authorised to speak to the media.

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