Police Intensifies the Hunt for Rioters, 836 Suspects Held
Speaking during the security briefing at Uganda Media Center (UMC) yesterday, the Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said that so far 836 suspects have been arrested in connection to alleged violence during the riots and about 116 people filed with cases related to riots.
362 suspects have been charged, 330remanded, while the rest are pending court mention of their riot-related charges according to Police.
“All our territorial commanders intensified efforts to identify protesters and looters across all flashpoint areas. The detectives are using the widespread CCTV technology, both public and private license plate readers and facial recognition.” Enanga noted.
The protests in Kampala and other cities broke out after news of Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi’s detention. Young protesters in Kampala disrupted traffic with fires and barricades as they called for Kyagulanyi’s release. Local television footage showed squads of police and military personnel using tear gas and live bullets as they tried to disperse protesters.
Since the Police has began a move to identify rioters that left more than 4o lives lost in the riots.