Uganda Police Charge 59 Suspects for Unlawful Assemblies and Incitement, 37 Others Await Legal Proceedings

Uganda Police Charge 59 Suspects for Unlawful Assemblies and Incitement, 37 Others Await Legal Proceedings
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In the past week, Uganda’s territorial police in the Kampala Metropolitan (KMP) area, specifically its divisions in Entebbe, Kajjansi, and Kawempe, have brought charges against 59 individuals for their involvement in unlawful assemblies and incitement to violence. These activities were carried out under the guise of a “one million march” aimed at welcoming the National Unity Platform (NUP) President on October 5, 2023. Legal guidance from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) was sought to determine the charges for these suspects.

According to the information provided by the Uganda Police Force, the breakdown of charges and divisions is as follows:

Kajjansi Police Division

  • 46 suspects were charged for participating in an unlawful assembly under Sections 65 and 66 of the Penal Code Act.

Entebbe Police Division

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  • 9 suspects were charged for their involvement in an unlawful assembly.

Kawempe Division

  • 4 suspects were charged for inciting violence under Section 82(1) of the Penal Code Act.

Additionally, 37 suspects were granted police bond under the Entebbe police division, and they are required to report back on October 12, 2023. In Kasangati, police are actively searching for suspects responsible for setting fire to roads using tires and petrol, which resulted in road damage. Once apprehended, they will face various road-related charges. The authorities are also investigating social media and digital platforms to identify individuals involved in similar unlawful activities.

The list of individuals charged in Kajjansi Police Division includes a diverse group of individuals, including councilors, teachers, businessmen, and residents, all allegedly involved in the preparation of an unlawful procession under the name “One million march under the National Unity Platform.”

In the Entebbe Police Division, the suspects were charged for their participation in an unlawful assembly on October 4, 2023, which was deemed to have caused fear and a breach of peace.

Under Kawempe Division, four individuals were arrested and charged with inciting violence against the government on October 5, 2023.

The Uganda Police Force, along with other security agencies, continues to urge the public to refrain from incitement to violence and unlawful activities. They encourage individuals to report anyone or groups involved in violent or disruptive acts associated with the “one million illegal march.”

The task team involved in this matter includes the KMP, CID, ODPP, CMI, ISO, Crime Intelligence, SFC, FFU, CT, K9, Traffic, Medical, and PRO, among others.

SCP Enanga Fred, Police Spokesperson, issued this statement on October 11, 2023.

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