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Police Fires 80 Flying Squad Operatives

Uganda police force has dropped 80 Para- military security operatives from its elite flying squad.

In an interno memo, the Commander of the Squad Mr Peter Kakonge told all persons who have been working with the police as operatives to stop immediately.

“To all those who have been working with Flying Squad as operatives, their services have been terminated with immediate effect from today November 5, 208 till further notice.”

According to police sources that preferred anonymity in order to speak freely, the sacked operatives are the persons that were dropped in the recent rigorous screening.

Early this year, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Martins Ochola disbanded the flying squad and formed a new crime crack unit called “Organized crime” comprised of sharp shooters.

He immediately ordered all flying squad operatives to report to CID headquarters in Kibuli for a fresh screening which saw 80 drop.

Sources told this investigative website that the sacked group comprised mainly of the unprofessional people who had joined the force as paramilitaries.

The flying squad was formed as an emergency response to high crimes like armed robbery and terrorism.

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The elite group of sharp shooters has evolved over time, changing names and commanders.

In its inception, the squad was called “Wembley” commanded by Brigadier Kayanja.

It was later named Violent Crime Crack Unit (VCCU), to Rapid Response Unit RRU and Flying Squad.

However, unlike the recent squads, the former commander of the elite Flying squad is currently under military detention at Makindye barracks pending charges.

Severally, the squad was accused of being infiltrated by criminals in the recent past.

Sources explained that sacking of the operatives was aimed at dropping what it referred to as “Wrong characters and un professional individuals.”

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