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I Served in Operation Wembley – Agasirwe Narrates Life in Police and Beyond

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nixon Agasirwe, the former commander of Special Operations in the Uganda Police Force on Monday took the General Court Martial through his life as a serving senior police officer, as well as his background and education.

Agasirwe, was appearing as a defence witness in the case in which members of the Bodaboda 2010 group are charged among others with illegal possession of fire arms.

The 47-year-old in his testimony revealed that he served under the notorious Operation Wembley, prior to joining the police force.

Agasirwe narrated that he joined the operation in 2002 shortly after he finished a training course at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi.

The highly violent Operation Wembley was formed in the early 2000 on the orders of President Yoweri Museveni as a response to a spate of violent crimes mostly in Kampala, in which several businesspeople and members of the armed forces were attacked shot by armed gangs.

This special task force, headed by Col Elly Kayanja, was however dissolved in 2003 and replaced with the Violent Crimes Crack Unit, owing mostly to the complaints of the brutality that its officers employed.

In his testimony, Agasirwe told court that he thrived a lot while working under this operation.

Asked why he later joined the police, he said it was his tracking experience which enabled the Operation Wembley to arrest very many criminals and recovering guns, which was noticed by the police leadership.

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Agasirwe says he joined the police in 2009, coming in at the level of Special Police Constable, and was trained in Arms handling at Police Headquarters.

He says he did a number of trainings in Human Rights and an Intermediate Commandant staff course at Police Senior Staff college, Bwebajja among others

These on-duty courses, he says, helped him rise up to the rank of SSP.

“In 2010 I was the head of Rapid Response Unit (RRU) sitting in Kireka, which is now the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Towards 2012 I was tasked to command the Flying Squad Unit and in December 2014 I was the head of Special Operations Unit,” Agasirwe said.

Agasirwe also says he attained extra formal education during his service, earning an A level certificate in 2009, after which he joined IUIU where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Law in 2016

During cross examination however, Agasirwe seemed shaky, deflecting some of the questions and claiming not to remember other facts. He also seemed not to know much about the subjects he covered in school.

Members of the army court were keen to hear from him on how he quickly gained power to the level of issuing out guns to police officers on various operations, as well as private citizens.

He responded however, that he was only following orders from his seniors, including the former IGP Gen Kale Kayihura.

But with no documented evidence to prove these orders, Agasirwe told court he received them orally.

Agasirwe and other senior police officers are charged with offences of Kidnap and repatriation of Rwandan refugees as well as failure to protect war materials

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