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Police Ban Sale of Fuel in Jerrycans, Used Tyres

The Uganda Police Force has said that it will start enforcing a ban on the sale of petroleum products such as petrol in loose containers such as jerrycans and tins to deter their misuse by criminal elements.

Security agencies are also closely monitoring the sale of both new and used tires which are said to be used in staging riots.

This development was disclosed by spokesperson Fred Enanga during a joint security briefing held on Monday in Kampala.

“As the joint security task force, we do anticipate additional incidents of civil unrest and disorders because the very factors that led to recent violent riots over flouting the Electoral Commission guidelines on the Covid-19 protocols are being disregarded, and so, for that matter, if at all the same actions occur to these politicians, similar incidents may happen,” Enanga said.

He warned people who are intending to destabilize peace and order saying that police and sister security agencies are much prepared for any uprising.

“As the joint security task force, we have put a total ban on fuel sale carried in jerrycans without clearance of security persons. We are also monitoring transactions of used and new tires which form tools of riots,” he said.

According to the law enforcement body, this is being done because intelligence agents have landed on information indicating that there is a clandestine supply of riot materials taking place.

When presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested on 18th November for flouting EC guidelines on presidential campaigns, unknown people driving in small pickup trucks were captured on camera distributing tires and flammable liquids to groups of youths in Kampala which they used to light up fires hence damaging property and causing disorder.

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Others vandalized security CCTV Cameras, while some were engaged in looting and assaulting people.

Meanwhile, a report from those riots indicate that out of 54 people who died, 32 were actual rioters while 20 died from stray bullets and 2 succumbed to accident injuries after being run over by cars.

From the two day riots, police registered over 1000 cases, 843 people were charged and 689 suspects were remanded to prison.

Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that as per the presidential directive on the people who suffered in the collateral damage, police is working closely with the office of the Prime Minister and Kampala Metropolitan ministry to establish contacts with families of those who lost their loved ones and others who were injured by stray bullets.

 

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