Police in Kampala have vowed to crash the protests that are purportedly being planned by bodaboda cyclists in the city next week.
Police says the planned protests are only being disguised as bodaboda-led, yet the planners have other motives in mind.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango says they have received credible information to the effect that the protests are being organized by what he called “opportunistic people”
These he says have been mobilizing hooligans and disguising them as motorcycle (bodaboda) operators to carry out demonstrations next week.
The planners Onyango says want to “disrupt government systems to ease the lock down after successful containment of the spread of Coronavirus in the community.”
“According to intelligence information, these demonstrations are being planned, mobilised and sponsored by opportunistic people within Kampala Metropolitan Policing area,” Onyango said.
“They are also mobilising bodaboda operators to disrupt the government efforts in Coronavirus containment at the time when there are systematic processes to ease the lock down.”
The police spokesman asked the public, especially bodaboda operators, not to be lured into the protest.
“We caution anyone who intends to engage in criminal activities that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.”
Meanwhile the Uganda People’s Defense Forces has also come out expressing preparedness to intervene where necessary to quell the planned protests;
“A coalition of security forces including our LDU allies is ready to maintain law and order at all time,” Updf spokesman Brig Richard Karemire told ChimpReports.
“The country is facing COVID19 challenges and has no room for disturbances of such nature. Any concerns should be handled with leaders who are always ready to listen but not through riots.”