UPDF: Those Masquerading as Security to Commit Crime During Curfew Will be Arrested

Defence Spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire.

The national army, UPDF, has warned elements said to be masquerading as military personnel and exploiting the night curfew to engage in criminality.

In a statement issued Friday, the army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire said the UPDF has received the reports and cautioned those with wrong motives that they risk being arrested.

“It has come to the attention of the Joint security Forces that rogue elements are breaking into people’s homes and beating them up while masquerading as security personnel enforcing the curfew”. 

“This is now to inform the public that the role of enforcing the curfew lies with the Uganda Police Force (UPF) supported by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) and Local Defence Units (LDUs) in Kampala Metropolitan area covering Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts”.

Karemire said no other elements such as Reservists or GISOs have been enlisted to enforce the curfew. 

Those being tempted to do so must stop forthwith before they are arrested, he added. 

He said that security forces on duty have been briefed not to enter peoples homes and compounds purporting to be enforcing the curfew. 

“Enforcement is only limited to restriction of movement beyond home during curfew time i.e 7:00Pm- 6:30am”.

The UPDF has also warned some sections of the public against attacking Security Forces on duty. 

“There have been reports of some indisciplined people pelting stones at Forces on patrol. This must also stop and anyone doing it will be promptly apprehended. This pandemic poses an existential threat. There is no alternative to total compliance with all directives and guidance from Government”.

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