Gov’t asked to restrict the covert security officers from holding guns in public places

Ismail Kiirya, the Acting DP Spokesperson

Summary:

  • The Democratic Party suggests limiting guns for covert officers to curb rising violence after a Buganda leader’s shooting. They fear criminals posing as officers, urging police action against suspects.

The Democratic Party (DP) has proposed that the Government restrict the possession of firearms by undercover security officers in public spaces as a measure to curb the rising gun violence in the nation.

Acting as the spokesperson for the DP, Ismail Kiirya states that criminals have exploited this situation by posing as security personnel to carry out illegal shootings against Ugandan citizens. This suggestion comes in response to the recent tragic incident involving the late Daniel Bbosa, a prominent Buganda clan leader who was fatally shot by three assailants last month.

Kiirya, who also serves as the President of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), highlights that many law enforcement officers habitually carry firearms while dressed in civilian attire, posing a significant threat to civilians who may mistake them for criminals with illicit access to weapons. He emphasizes that gunmen often masquerade as non-uniformed security officers to perpetrate attacks and evade detection.

Furthermore, Kiirya urges the police to detain suspects linked to the Bbosa shooting and investigate their potential involvement in previous similar incidents.

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