Jinja resident district commissioner, Eric Sakwa addressing the journalists.
A total of 120 suspected idlers were arrested on Thursday evening during a security operation in Jinja district.
According to Eric Sakwa, the Jinja resident district
commissioner, the operation that started after 5.00pm was targeting street kids who allegedly killed a policeman the same
"The late George Tanga, formerly Officer-in-charge of
Jinja taxi park police post was cut to death by suspected street kids he had
arrested. They pounced on him as he led them to the cells thereby killing
him," said Sakwa.
He adds that the district-wide swoop involved policemen
and some soldiers. He said 50 suspects have so far been set free as a result of an
on-going security screening exercise.
"The operation sanctioned by the district security
committee which I chair covered parts of Bugembe, Mafubira, Kirinya road,
Obote way and taxi park zone. It is still on and we will net many more, “ he added.
Henry Sali, a trader at the park premises says people
within the surroundings were rounded up like cattle and those lacking proper
identification were dumped onto waiting police trucks.
Khalid Muyingo, chairman of Jinja taxi park drivers
and conductors association castigated the security swoop saying it was not carried out well. "Many of our members who are conductors were arrested
and spent the night in jail. We only got them out this morning," he