URN talked to about 16 of the 157 DPCs across the country on the implementation of the directive. However, none of them had a clue on how to implement the directive. The DPCs told URN on condition of anonymity that they were confused on how to implement the order especially with the business community.
"How do I go and stop someone from selling a cloth when there is no law that backs me," asked a DPC in Kampala. The UPDF act only criminalizes dressing in clothes that are of close likeliness to UPDF uniforms.
Patrick Onyango, the deputy police spokesperson, said he was only aware how they would confiscate the clothes from the civilians wearing them but not how to handle the business people.
"Talk to the DPC they are the ones who will be implementing the orders. They must be in the know on what to do," Onyango said. The DPCs couldn't speak on record and therefore referred URN to the Kampala metropolitan police commander (KMP) or spokesperson.
The KMP spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire asked for time to consult with his bosses. He however told URN four days later that he was still trying to get in touch with the director of operations. "I still need to consult with the director operation," Owoyesigyire said.
In downtown Kampala, one can barely see the camouflage clothes on display since the order to confiscate them was issued. Most of the traders interviewed by URN, said they only bring in one or two clothes.
Faridah Nakato, a cloth dealer who used to sell camouflage trousers, short and vests, says they will have to stop selling them if the worst comes to worst. "What can we do? We will have to stop selling them. For those who still have some in stock, it's sad, "Nakato said.