Uganda Security agencies get protest management guidelines.

Uganda’s president on Sunday issued several guidelines to the countries’ security agencies, instructing them on how to manage crowds, deal with protesters and conduct arrests.

The guidelines follow several incidents of brutal arrests and much publicised reports of torture by opposition politicians at the hands of police and military officers.

The president started off by issuing guidelines on managing crowds that include supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and visitors of the country.



‘‘You should never push (kutsindika) people that are enthusiastically surging forward to show support for the NRM or the President,’‘ said the president.

The president added that law-abiding Ugandans ‘must never be beaten, pushed or barked at for any reason’.

The president was however not as generous with people he described as ‘rioters, criminals, looters, terrorists and traitors’.

The president added that if rioters persist, after police has used shields and sticks to stop them, then the security forces can use live ammunition.

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Museveni, whose 32-year rule of Uganda has been challenged by several political opponents explained that it is critical to effectively manage protests for three reasons.

  • No Ugandan should lose his life or property on account of the acts of these criminals.

  • The transport of Uganda, the markets of Uganda and any other legitimate and legal assemblies of our people should never be interfered with by these criminals.

  • The image of Uganda as a stable country, good for Ugandans, tourism and investments, should never be disturbed.

  • Never push people who surge forward towards leaders out of enthusiasm (kutangirira); you should restrain them (kuzibira) but not push them.

  • Never bark at people (kubogolela); you should advise them (kuhabura).

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  • Use water cannons if they are available; if they are not available you should use shields and sticks.

  • Tear-gas and rubber bullets are, of course, non-lethal and can be used but they are noisy.

  • Use live bullets if the rioters persist and threaten life or property.

    at the rioters.

  • Once rioters are arrested or any other criminal, he/she should never be beaten by stick, fist or rifle butt.

  • The arresting officers should always identify themselves so that the public knows that they are legal operators.

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