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UPDF Takes Over Security in Kampala

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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) has taken over the security of Kampala Metropolitan Area in order to stop ‘rioters’ from wreaking havoc in the capital city.

Speaking today at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, the deputy spokesperson of the UPDF said that they have credible intelligence that shows that some political actors with foreign support are planning to carry out a series of riots in the town. He said the riots are aimed at forcefully overthrowing the democratically elected government of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

This development comes on the heels of two successive days of protests in Kampala and around several towns in the country after the arrest and detention of National Unity Platform - NUP presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine.

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Lt. Col. Akiiki said that their officers have also been deployed on all the roads leading to and from Kampala and on all the major roads. He said that together with the Uganda Police Force and their auxiliary forces such as the Local Defense Unit, they are going to quickly respond to any incidents of criminality at all levels and those who will be got will be dealt with decisively.

He also made it clear that they are going to deploy their forces to guard national installations like power stations, fuel stations and other infrastructure that are critical for the survival of the nation.  

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Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Akiiki also revealed that starting tonight, the UPDF and LDU are going to support the police to strictly enforce the 9pm-5:30am curfew orders.  At the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in March, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni restricted the time at which people were allowed to move. Even when many of the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, curfew was maintained although extended from between 7pm and 6:30am, to between 9pm and 5:30am.