“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.
Standards Unit –PSU is investigating 11 police officers attached to the security
detail of two former presidential candidates, Uganda Radio Network- URN has
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.