By Fatia Ndirangwa
The Uganda Police Force has revealed that members from the opposition party, National Unity Platform (NUP) are holding illegal processions and unlawful assemblies to provoke the police so that when the latter takes action, they are branded as Brutal and aggressive to members of the society.
NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was last week blocked by police from appearing on a radio talk in Lira over allegations of holding an illegal processions and unlawful assemblies which according to police were disrupting movements and businesses in the area.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says that NUP wants to attract public sympathy by capitalizing on the constant arrests and injuries inflicted on them by the police.
“We are aware of these plans which are still in early stages, but with a potential of being escalated into an insurrection, before the 2026 elections. Our very credible intelligence sources, indicate how they want to capitalize on any injuries, arrests and fatalities and use such incidents to amplify their perceptions to the public, by branding the police as high handed, aggressive and brutal,” Enanga said.
Adding, “They did not obtain any police clearance, but went on and mobilized protesters and rioters as human shields. Other provocative tactics include halting public transport, blocking roads, disrupting business and movements in the major towns and cities.”
He further assured that police is very much ready to stop public gatherings especially those that risk order in the society.
“we are better organized this time round, with sufficient manpower and logistical requirements allows us to impose conditions on public meetings, assemblies and processions, if we believe there is a serious risk of public disorder, serious damage to property and serious disruption of people’s lives. In addition, under the Public Health Orders, all public gatherings are banned under the current regulations to protect public health. Our enforcement actions were necessary and lawful in all aspects.” He said