KAMPALA- A joint security team comprising of UPDF and Police has clarified that today’s operations that were conducted at the NUP headquarters and other areas within Kampala were aimed at hindering the illegal use and production of militaristic that are reserved for the armed forces which have been grossly misused by civilians.
Police and the UPDF in a joint press conference categorically stated that it is illegal for civilians to wear berets, matching outfits, insignia, camouflage fatigues and boots that are similar to those of armed forces.
CP Fred Enanga the Police Spokesman said search operations were conducted in Kamwokya, Makindye, Kiyembe (Luwum Street), Mulago, Bwaise and Kawempe, to stop the production of unauthorized uniforms by illegal manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and sellers.
“Wearing uniforms that are a preserve of the armed forces is illegal behavioral which was escalating especially among some political groups and celebrities. It is a usurpation of the legitimate law enforcement and military functions which is a violation of the law,” Enanga said.
“There are people who will mistake them thinking they are probably members of the armed forces yet they are not. They can easily impress themselves on vulnerable people who are easily intimidated and lead to confusion as to who is authorized to lawfully keep the peace in this country”
Lt Col Deo Akiiki, UPDF’s Deputy Spokesperson disclosed that some people were arrested for wearing the forbidden fabrics.
“There are rules for when someone can temporarily use what we call military stores. This operation is across the country and it’s going to continue until we see nobody putting on anything related to military stores,” Lt Col Akiiki said.
“We are not segregating (whether a beret is of any party color). Others have gone as far as putting on a rank of a Major General. Some of us have not even dreamed of putting them on yet we’re in the line. But you blatantly put on and disrespect that insignia with its weight”.
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