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Police commanders confused over camouflage attire orders

Police wants such attire confiscated
Police commanders across the country are uncertain on how to enforce a directive to confiscate camouflage attire similar to that of the army and police from the public.
Last Friday, Asuman Mugenyi, police director of operations directed all district and district police commanders to confiscate the camouflage attire. He also directed the district security committees across the country to stop shops selling the camouflage immediately.
The district security committees, which comprises of the district internal security officer (DISO), district police commander (DPC), resident district commissioner (RDC), district chairperson and the chief accounting officer are expected to decide how to go about the directive.   

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. 


0 #1 gwok 2018-04-16 21:34
Well, who with good intentions, would need such clothes anyway?
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+3 #2 Lysol 2018-04-16 21:42
Do these so-called commanders know the exact definition of what is fashionable and what is not?

The regime is trying desperately to dictate to us what to wear and what not.

This is a sign of an oppression and insecued regime.

If anything, the regime has created many unnecessary militias around the country with confusing attires just to cling onto power.

It is now difficult to know who is real and who is fake. Not to mention M7's donning in his ill-fitted and outdated military attires whenever he is having a bad day, just to bully the citizen.
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+4 #3 Phalanch 2018-04-16 22:17
In nations where police understands it's role and execute it accordingly they don't have no time for nonsense .

Of all the killings that we all know about how many of them were recorded when the killers were dressed in camouflage attire ???

This only reveals how unprofessional and unqualified theses creatures are.
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+3 #4 WADADA rogers 2018-04-17 08:54
At this rate, some people are going to start running away from their own shadows.

Camouflage attire similar to that of the army and police is worn every where.
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+3 #5 Lakwena 2018-04-17 09:08
Quoting gwok:
Well, who with good intentions, would need such clothes anyway?

Gwok, how about the wannabe. I am sure it is not the wannabes who are wrecking havoc.

But it is the weevils in the armed forces using the look-alike military camouflage to commit crime.
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