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City hotels, lodges ordered to submit client details to police everyday

All hotels and lodges in and around Kampala must disclose on a daily basis the details of all their clients to the nearest police station. 

Police’s chief political commissar Asan Kasingye says that that police has resolved to make it mandatory for all commercial accommodation centres to share names of all people they accommodate every day as part of the new measures to fight urban crime, in Kampala and neighbouring districts. 

Kasingye said that the shared names shall be used by intelligence agencies for proper documentation of individuals hosted in a given community, where they came from and their next destination.    

Similarly, Kasingye said police are also going to help all Local Council chairpersons have village WhatsApp groups for all residents that have smartphones including commanders of nearby police stations.  

The police believe that the village WhatsApp groups will enable members to alert their leadership in time and improve the response time to alerts shared by members. At least more 30 homes and factories have been raided by armed gangs in Kampala and its outskirts in recent weeks.


+5 #1 Empayippayi 2019-10-27 20:03
We are back to Idi Amin's era. During his rule all hotels in the country submitted daily lists of their in-house guests to police.
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+3 #2 Ugthinker 2019-10-27 22:18
Crime in Uganda today emanates from the would be security officers themselves participating in crime! Simple and square.

The criminals we have in Uganda aren’t smart at all, only that the investigators are part of the rackets.

If we had security officers independent of the criminal gangs, it would only take for criminals to be flashed out completely.

Hope Ugandans will never embrace leadership veiled in criminal outfits, NRA should be the last one given the cost!
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+1 #3 Lysol 2019-10-28 01:47
The last time I stayed in one of those top Uganda hotels, it was easy to beat those who where trying to spy on me.
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-3 #4 Wainanchi 2019-10-28 07:25
Most of modern countries do the same.

They must register visitors and report to the Police.

Worst of all by Snowden reports in his autobiography police and security in America is watching every citizen and at one time while working for Nationa Security Agency he wa watching one suspect in Indonesia and while watching him , one young child was looking directly into the camera eye on the laptop!

Snowden was so schocked with this that he decided to stop peeping into lives of ordinary citizens and as asking questions if that was OK !

In case of Uganda and other countries you cannot let ciminals and mafias wondering around and using fake names and hotels to hide from passes!!

They MUST BE CAUGHT AND DISABLED!! In that quest all hinest citizens must help oherwise they might be next targets.
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+2 #5 Lakwena 2019-10-28 08:35
As the brutish dictator M7 is in a state of panic, Uganda has become a police state like North Korea.

In other words, City Hotels should start counting their losses. Who wants to come/go to a country where s/he is treated as a criminal suspect on sight?

The other day Mr. M7 labeled Hon Kyagulanyi the enemy of the state. But what he is now doing is worse that what he accused Hon Kyagulanyi.

Apart from giving orders from above and spreading terror e.g, in Makerere University and on the opposition; Mr. M7 and cabal have become the most wasteful and useless being for the people of Uganda.

This is especially after he told Ugandans and the world that he is nobody's employee or servant who is only fighting for himself and family. Disgusting!
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+2 #6 Fred Kintu 2019-10-28 09:24
This is now a police state! The laws of the land are now being made by the army (Beret Law) and now the hotel Law by Police!

All this while NRM MPs grin sheepishly and kneel for their leader to be sole candidate! These new laws should be challenged by the law society!
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+2 #7 JonSs 2019-10-28 11:23
This is an own goal. With a lack of credibility in civil and government institutions, very few will spend their hard earned cash in Uganda by first handing personal information to Ugandan police.

Put it this way, those in the diaspora who have always sneaked in to come and enjoy local delicacies will probably go to the Caribbean as it’s cheaper and nicer
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+3 #8 JonSs 2019-10-28 11:34
That wanainchi fellow has never lived in the US or even travelled there on holiday so ignore his rantings.

Privacy laws and the constitution are totally against this sort of behaviour. You’ll be sued and probably lose your license if you own a hotel and believed to snitch or grass on your guests.

What Uganda is doing will cost the country dear in years to come. It’s very difficult to erase the image of a police state.

You’ll struggle to fill those hotels and conference centres. And forget the diaspora too as no one is interested in this sort of intrusion
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0 #9 Akao 2019-10-28 20:45
Unbelievable where Uganda is going to end. So will the hotel be faxing the list of people to police every morning .

That is infringment on people' privacy, i hope people lots of people bring lawsuits aganist the police.

Wainanchi iam not sure by what a modern country is but if you mean developed countries then yes, they record info of hotel patrons but only give them to police on request for crimnal investigation
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