KAMPALA- The Ugandan President Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola to issue a manual to all police officers and Local Defence Unit personnel on how to use guns.
In a directive to Ochola, Museveni says the manual should be printed by not later than October, 15, 2020 and this will guide the security personnel on the proper use of firearms and how to disperse gatherings in accordance with the Public Order Management Act.
He cites two incidents of shootings in Bugiri and Katakwi during the NRM primaries in which several people were injured noting that these indicated that both police and LDU personnel are not well conversant with the use of guns.
“In Katakwi, civilians were fighting among themselves during the elections. Why shoot them? Why not scare them by shooting in the air or simply arresting them,” Museveni said.
“I have directed the Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola, to ensure there is a published manual/booklet on gun use by October 15th, 2020” President Museveni added.
“It was said that in Bugiri, some members of the public stoned the armed personnel. That was bad. However, shooting to kill should not have been the first option. They should have identified the stone thrower and arrested him for prosecution.”
Museveni explained that any form of shooting ought to have been meant to disperse the crowd by shooting in the air.
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