President commends police for breaking up riots
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
President Museveni has praised the Uganda Police Force, saying their efforts to suppress riots are a commendable professional obligation.
Speaking at the commissioning of new fire fighting equipment yesterday at Namanve, Mr Museveni also said the police’s swift action to break up demonstrations and riots are an indication of a mature and professional force.
Over the years, the Force has been breaking up rallies mainly organised by civil society or members of the opposition who do not share the same thoughts with the ruling NRM.
In his speech, the President said the police will now be better off doing its work with the new fire fighting equipment, which cost the government about a $100million (about Shs250billion), thanks to a loan from the Chinese government.
“You now have the equipment that will help you. In the past, people have reported fire out breaks but you couldn’t help put it out. You are now a professional force, to the extent that you stopped Kizza Besigye (former FDC president) from causing riots.
“To me, you handled him professionally well although some people have been saying he (Besigye) was mishandled.”
“It was just in a few instances that you (police) panicked and started shooting about.” He also warned police fire fighters against stealing fuel meant to run the facilities. “I do not want to hear instances that a fire truck was not able to respond to a fire because fuel was stolen. I will imprison you straight away.”
According to a police statement, the President commissioned more than 49 fire fighting units and handed over at least 20 fire tenders, 20 water tanks, 2 ladder fire trucks, 4 water boats fire fighters and 3 fire rescue boats.
Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura said the equipment was tested and results have proved to be good. “They are fitted with video cameras and monitors that will detect time when firemen received information about the fire, the time of their response and will also capture how firemen fight the fire,” IGP is quoted to have said.