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Police Distance Self From ‘Kiboko Squad’

buy geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Police publicist Judith Nabakooba said in a statement on Monday evening that the law enforcement body “condemns such acts.”

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diagnosis geneva; font-size: small;”>Several people were injured by what is believed to be Kiboko squad, a notorious group of violent men well known for beating up people especially opposition supporters during political rallies.

The reports have since touched off a spirited public debate on the reemergence of the squad, with many criticizing Police for not reigning in on the thugs.

At Kasubi, it is alleged that crime preventers and traders in the market who thought that their merchandise would be looted by the rioters carried sticks and started beating people who were trying to cause chaos,” said Nabakooba.

“However, we as Police condemn such acts. If anybody was beaten by this group he/she should register a case with us for investigation,” she added.


Police further broke the silence on the “minor scuffle” at Kampala Capital City Authority hall as the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was being impeached.

“The scuffle spread to Kissekka market where some people who found the Police Officers guarding the market started pelting them with stones, the officers didn’t respond but they continued pelting them in the process injuring some of our officers,” added Nabakooba.

“Our officers then responded by firing tear gas. However, the situation is now calm. Kissekka market has not been closed as alleged by some people.”

Earlier, Sam Omara was quoted as saying the downtown area had been shut down on his orders.

Nabakooba further confirmed Dr. Kizza Besigye’s arrest, saying he was picked “on intelligence that he was going to mobilize the public to engage in acts of lawlessness at City Hall” and that “his arrest is a preventive measure.”

The former FDC leader was intercepted as he left his home In Kasangati, Wakiso District before being detained at Nagalama Police Post in Mukono District.

Nabakooba said Police shall “ensure that such lawlessness witnessed today in various places does not re-occur. We are fully committed to discharging our mandate of protecting life and property.”

She also cautioned “any person or element bent on causing or disrupting peace in the city for whatever case that the Police shall deal decisively with any person found to be inciting or engaging in acts of criminality.”

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