By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Kira Road Police have arrested two armed security guards for riding with hooded jackets.
The two have been identified as Elias Elibu and Charles Emeru. They were arrested on Thursday along Bukoto Road by a response team led by DPC Kira Road Police SP. Michael Kasigire and two SAR rifles recovered.
Police say upon questioning, the suspects revealed that they belonged to Tactical Security Services, a local private security firm based at Mutesa II Road in Ntinda.
“Their arrest came as a result of social media concerns by some citizens about some unknown hooded armed men sighted on the Kyanja- Kisaasi road on motorcycle registration number UEU 497T,” police said in a statement on Friday.
“The security company was contacted, verified the identities of the security guards and cautioned about the general standard procedures required of all Private Security Organizations (PSOs),” the Police added.
The Police say the duo’s arrest is also an enforcement of the directive by President Museveni issued as part of the 10-point security plan during his national security address to Parliament this year.
The President’s address followed the gunning down of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga by hooded men on motorcycle.
“His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda while addressing parliament of Uganda on state of security in the country on 20th June 2018, directed that inter-alia persons riding motorcycles, bicycles and driving motor vehicles should henceforth not wear hood. This also extends to driving, riding while putting on anything that can conceal or obscure facial disposition,” the Police said.
In all the recent high profile murders, including that of Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Prosecutor Joan Kagezi, Muslim clerics and most recently former Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira, hooded gunmen riding on motorcycles have been involved.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire could not readily get back to this website when asked on what charges the hooded men face.
Meanwhile, another security guard attached to SENACA Security Company was arrested on Thursday night for vandalizing the newly installed Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera equipment in Mulimira, Bukoto.
The CCTV cameras installed under the National Clean and Safe City Project are meant to check violent urban crime. President Museveni who recently visited the project’s coordination center in Natete said with CCTV Cameras in place, arrest and prosecution of violent criminals will be easier since TV footage will provide reliable evidence to pin the suspects in court.
The first phase of the surveillance system installation began in June 2018 and has steadily progressed with a number of 693 live CCTV cameras mounted to monitor Lungujja, Old Kampala, Rubaga, Naalya, Bulenga, Kawaala, Kabowa, Nateete, Mutundwe and surroundings.