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Two Arrested In Nakasongola For Flying ‘Drone'

Lameck Kigozi, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson, says the duo was picked up following reports from residents that they were flying a drone with cameras in Nakitoma Sub County.According to Kigozi, it raised suspicion that the duo could be using the drone to spy on Nakasongola UPDF air force base or other security installations.
File Photo: A drone used to film rallies of NRM Presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni in Masaka municipality. Police feared a related drone and captured two people who were flying it in Nakasongola.

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Police in Nakasongola are holding to two people suspected of spying on the Uganda People's Defense Force air base using drones. The suspects are Donald Wasake and Chris Mutenyo, both employees of Inachee Uganda Limited, a business advisory firm in Kampala.

They were picked up on Wednesday from Nakitoma village in Nakitoma Sub County in Nakasongola district. Lameck Kigozi, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson, says the duo was picked up following reports from residents that they were flying a drone with cameras in Nakitoma Sub County.

According to Kigozi, it raised suspicion that the duo could be using the drone to spy on Nakasongola UPDF air force base or other security installations.  He said when interrogated, the duo couldn't present any proof showing that they had been cleared by Civil Aviation Authority-CAA or Police to fly the drone in the area.

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Our reporter couldn't reach the suspects to get their side of the story. In their statement at Nakasongola police station, Wasake and Mutenyo claim that they were using the drone to map some land. They claimed that they were hired by Synergy Partners Limited, a real estate development firm to survey their land and decided to use a drone.

By time of filling this story, Police was planning to transfer the duo to Kampala Central Police station for further investigation. Although drones have been in use in other parts of the world for some time, they are new phenomenon in Uganda.   Despite the fact that several Ugandans have acquired drones for different uses, government is yet to enact regulation to control their usage.

President Yoweri Museveni mesmerized voters across the country in the just concluded presidential campaigns when he decided to use drones to capture footage and pictures at his rallies.