Sunday November 11 2012

Police to investigate possibility of mutiny following demo

By Agencies

Police have instituted investigations into last week’s demonstration by wives of policemen to find out the possibility that their husbands fueled it.

The decision to investigate the suspected planners of the demonstration was made during a meeting of police Directors at Police Headquarters, Kibuli on Thursday.

The force is also investigating claims that some of the women who demonstrated are not wives of police men but people living in the barracks illegally.

The demonstrators from Kirekka, Ntinda and Naguru barracks were Monday intercepted by Riot Police at Lugogo on their way to Parliament. They wanted to petition the speaker over delayed salaries of their husbands and the endless power blackouts in the police bases.

The Director Police Commissariat, Mr Asuman Mugenyi said if investigations find out that policemen incited the demonstration, it would imply that the respective cops participated in a mutiny.

Mr  Mugenyi said mutiny is equivalent to treason.

Mr Mugenyi said the investigations would establish who is supposed to live in the barracks and all those who would be found illegally staying in the quarters would be arrested.

The meeting was attended by the director of logistics Mr Godfrey Bangirana, the commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police, Mr Andrew Felix Kaweesi and the director of administration, Hajji Moses Balimoyo.

Mr Mugenyi said police would work with Umeme to disconnect illegal power users in and around police barracks.