Like we had anticipated plans by individuals and groups to hold illegal processions and unlawful assemblies. During the previous week, the police countered unlawful processions in Mbale and Lira districts, respectively. The NUP President, was scheduled to appear on a radio talk show in Lira, but was blocked and escorted out of the district, for holding an illegal procession which disrupted movements and businesses in the area.
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. 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.
We want to assure the public that 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.
CP Enanga Fred
15th November 2021