Two people have been arrested and detained at Kira Road Police station for riding on motorcycles while wearing hooded jackets and armed with guns.
The suspects identified as Elias Elibu and Charles Emeru were arrested on Thursday along Bukoto Road by a response team led by DPC Kira Road Police SP Michael Kasigire. Two SAR riffles were recovered.
Upon questioning, the suspects told Police they belonged to Tactical Security Services a local private security company based at Mutesa II Road in Ntinda.
Their arrest came as a result of social media concerns by some security loving citizens about some unknown hooded armed men travelling on the Kyanja- Kisasi road Number using a motorcycle registration number UEU 497T carrying guns.
When Police contacted the said security company to verify the identities of the two individuals, it was indeed confirmed that they were attached to Tactical Security Services. The two suspects were cautioned about the general standard procedures required of all Private Security Organisations (PSOs)
The arrest is also an enforcement of the directive by President Yoweri Museveni as issued during his 10-point security plan address to Parliament in June.
President Museveni while addressing Parliament of Uganda on the state of security in the country on June 20, banned the use of hooded attire for all persons riding motorcycles, bicycles and driving motor vehicles.
His address followed the gruesome killing of former Arua municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga who was shot dead by what is said to have been people riding on boda bodas and disguising themselves with hoods. The same method is reported to have been used in other assassinations like that of former Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi and prominent Police officer, Muhamad Kirumira.