Gen Museveni also said Gen Katumba’s attackers who rode on two motorbikes encountered a traffic officer who tried to stop them as they fled the scene on the Kisota-Kulambiro Road in Kampala, but were able to escape because the officer was not armed.
Although President Yoweri Museveni said that traffic officers will be
armed, Police say they don't have enough pistols for individual Traffic police
officers to be armed while carrying out their duties.
President Museveni on Sunday said
traffic officers will be armed or paired with armed officers in a bid to
contain cases of insecurity following an assassination attempt against former
army commander Gen Katumba Wamala which left his daughter and driver dead.
In compliance with the president's directive, Police is sticking with the pairing of traffic officers with armed personnel from general duties or the Field Force Unit.
Last week, unknown gunmen riding on two
motorcycles opened fire at Gen Katumba Wamala’s UPDF Land cruiser along the
Kisota –Kulambiro Road, Nakawa Division in Kampala District causing the
death of his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo, leaving the
general with injuries and a bullet stuck in his body that the doctors are still figuring out how to remove safely.
In his address on the Covid-19 situation in country, Gen Museveni also said Gen
Katumba’s attackers who rode on two motorbikes encountered a traffic officer who tried to stop them as
they fled the scene on the Kisota-Kulambiro Road in Kampala, but were able
to escape because the officer was not armed.
“These fellows who attacked Gen Katumba met the traffic
police but the traffic police were not armed, that's how they ran away," Museveni said. "These
people took advantage of our laxity. Now they have alerted us. The traffic
police will be armed or paired with armed people."
According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, in the past, traffic police officers have been paired with Field Force Unit or general duty officers while on the road and the situation will remain as it has been since
they don’t have enough weapons for all traffic policemen in the country.
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He explained that currently it’s only District and
Divisional Traffic Commanders as well as the Regional Traffic Commanders that are
armed by the virtue of being senior officers that they are entitled to pistols.
“It is going to remain that way until we acquire a
sufficient number of pistols to arm the traffic officers," explained Enanga. "There is no way you
can give a traffic officer an SMG rifle to the same time carry out traffic duties.
You need something convenient. The pairing with general duty officers will
continue for now.”