The Police Director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi has ordered all police officers in Uganda to arrest and detain any driver and cyclist wearing hoodies.
In a message issued on Wednesday to all Regional, Districts and Divisional Police Commanders, Mugyenyi orders the officers to enforce the directive by President Museveni as issued during his address to parliament on 20th June 2018.
“H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda while addressing Parliament of Uganda on state of Security in the Country on 20th June 2018, directed that Inter-alia persons riding motorcycles/bicycles and driving motor vehicles should henceforth not wear hood. This also extends to driving/riding while putting on anything that can conceal/obscure facial disposition,” reads Mugyenyi’s message in part.
He adds, “You are therefore directed to enforce H.E directive by arresting/apprehending defaulters thereof.” The officers have also been ordered to conduct community policing meetings to educate the public over the directive.
Banning of hoodies was one of the 10-point security plans, the President presented to parliament last month.
This followed the murder of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga and his bodyguard Saidi Butele. They were shot dead by unknown people near Abiriga’s home in Kawanda, Wakiso District.
“The people who killed [Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim] Abiriga were using a simple technique of putting on a jacket with a hood. The other day, we were having a security committee meeting. Why do you allow these people with hoods to move around? We are going to ban the covering of your head when you’re driving or riding on a bike,” President Museveni said.
“All of them (cyclists) will be required to get new helmets with numbers on the back and the numbers must be seen even at night. No more hoods…Other methods will be said. All this is to discover the needle (criminal elements) in the haystack because we are trying to look for an assassin in three million people in Kampala here,” he added.
Last week, the president also ordered for the immediate procurement of escort vehicles and the provision of ‘sharpshooters’ for all members of parliament.