Voluntary handover of military camouflage ends in Kampala with over 1800 clothes collected

The Directorate of Crime Intelligence (CI) has ended its two weeks grace period of voluntary handing over of all military and police like camouflage in the hands of the public.

This operation has been running between police in partnership with the ghetto youth coordinators in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono districts.

According to police, the 14 day operation ended on December 15. with the recovery of a total of 1865 pieces comprising of military shirts, trousers, shoes, toys guns among others items.

Addressing the press in Kampala on Friday, the director of crime intelligence AIGP Christopher Dhamulira told journalists that this operation followed  incidents of aggravated robbery, kidnap, illegal roadblocks at night, house breaking in which the perpetrators were reportedly putting on attires that resemble military or police uniforms.

He said that this operation has been ghetto youth led aimed at putting the people at the centre of national security, while promoting community policing and civil-police cooperation.

“To that end, the ghetto youth coordinators in Kampala, Wakiso, Nansana and Mukono were tasked with collection of the illegal attires from the public and hand them over to territorial Police,” he said.

He however revealed that the operation was planned to be conducted in two phases that is phase 1, which commenced on December 1, and ended on December 15. was voluntary handing over.

In this phase, The owners of illegal attires were assured of protection from prosecution provided they handed over the items within the 14 days grace period.

From now onwards, AIGP Dhamulira said that police with the support of the sister security agencies has embarked on phase II in which anyone found in possession or use of military/ police uniforms or attires that resemble such uniforms will be arrested and charged.

“I wish to thank the public for having supported the operation by willingly handing over thousands of these illegal attires, and the ghetto youth coordinators for having worked closely with the territorial police divisions to ensure the success of the operation,” he said.

Before appealing to the public to desist from buying or acquiring such illegal attires as their possession promotes insecurity and is illegal.

 

By the end of  Phase 1, the following items have been collected:

S/NO ITEM UPDF UPF LOOK ALIKE TOTAL
1. Trousers 26 27 597 650
2. Skirts 01 103 104
3. Shirts 25 21 86 132
4. T-Shirts 01 340 341
5. Sweaters 04 01 38 43
6. Shorts 38 38
7. Dresses 18 18
8. Jackets 01 206 207
9. Warm suits 05 05
10. Ponjos 08 08
11. Overalls 01 02 03
12. Rain coats 02 02
13. Vests 07 07
14. Caps 17 08 136 161
15. Helmet 01 01
16. Boots 03 04 12 19
17. Batons 02 01 02 05
18. Walkie-talkie 01 01
19. Belts 10 01 04 15
20. Pips (Lieutenant) 01 01
21. Bags 05 22 27
22. Back Pack 03 03
23. Bottles 02 01 03
24. Camel bag 02 02
25. Live PK Ammos 01 01
26. Plastic ammos 03 34 37
27. Tear gas canister 01 01
28. Pepper spray 02 02
29. Pistol 01 01
30. Holster 01 01
31. Sling riffle 01 01
32. Handcuff keys 01 01
33. Ground sheet 01 01
34. Mattress cover 01 01
35. Bandanas 21 21
36. Mosquito nets 01 01
GRAND TOTAL 120 77 1,668 1,865

 

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