Fresh details obtained by this website show that during the Police operation on Wednesday at the National Unity Platform (NUP) headquarters in Kamwokya, dozens of uniforms similar to those of armed forces, toy guns and military pips were among items recovered.
Among other items recovered from NUP offices were yellow T-shirts and berets with NRM logos. According to sources NUP people are said to have been using NRM branded material to commit crimes and blame it on the ruling party. Recently, the police arrested suspected NUP supporters who were wearing NRM branded shirts while carrying toy guns.
According to police sources, the operation targeted all locations illegally manufacturing, supplying, distributing, selling and using uniforms and accouterments whose ownership and patented designs was gazetted and an exclusive preserve of the Armed Forces.
Brig Flavia Byekwaso explained in a message on Twitter: "Due to continued illegal use of military and police stores and other military/police patented designs, a joint operation is ongoing to recover the same from the public. All in possession of such items are encouraged to voluntarily return them."
At a joint press conference Wednesday evening, police and the army told journalists in Kampala that it was illegal for civilians to wear berets, matching outfits, insignia, camouflage fatigues and boots similar to those of armed forces.
Search operations were conducted in different parts of Kampala such as Kamwokya, Makindye, Kiyembe (Luwum Street), Mulago, Bwaise and Kawempe, with the police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, saying, it was intended to stop the production of unauthorized uniforms by illegal manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and sellers.
“Wearing uniforms that are a preserve of the armed forces is illegal behavior which was escalating especially among some political groups and celebrities. It is a usurpation of the legitimate law enforcement and military functions which is a violation of the law,” Mr Enanga said.
It should be remembered that the dress code for the Uganda People's Defence Force was gazetted last year, meaning all the marks, insignia, decorations, and uniforms are the property of the state or classified stores.
Following the gazetting of the dress code of the UPDF, the Minister of Defence Adolf Mwesige said that anyone found in unlawful possession, selling or dealing in them would be prosecuted under the UPDF Act 2005.
"The dress code for the UPDF has been gazetted. the action was endorsed by the top organs of the army which also commended the dress committee for concluding the task assigned to it years back. This development is a milestone in the long history of the UPDF, "Brig Richard Karemire the then UPDF spokesman noted adding; "It manifests the commitment to define identity and outlook of a professional army as well as adhering to the EAC protocols."
The notice in the Gazette states that, unless granted authority by a competent military authority, it is prohibited to sell, offer or expose for sale, manufacture or use any uniform so nearly resembling the uniform of the UPDF and like to deceive the public.
It is also prohibited to wear or use any decoration supplied or authorized for use by any member of the defence forces.
However, Robert Kyagulanyi and his NUP members continued to flout the regulations as issued following the gazette.
Below are some other of the recovered uniforms