Months after the BBC documentary titled ‘Three Killings in Kampala’ trended and exposed the heavy handedness of the Uganda security forces during the previous November protests, we have been reliably informed that the military and police personnel who were on the patrol registration number UP 5564 have been redeployed to duty.
The six had been taken to safer custody in the military barracks following the BBC Eye Investigation that could have exposed them to danger from the public.
A source in Makindye military barracks told this reporter that the 4 military personnel who sat on this patrol had been retreated from field in a temporary reshuffle by their commanders. “You see under our military protocol once your name is in the media for the bad reasons, you are asked to take a brief leave to safe custody in the barracks,” a source at the rank of sergeant tells this site. “Our comrades are now free for redeployment because the pressure has relaxed,” he adds.
Our efforts to establish the identities of these officers who shot and killed over 7 peaceful civilians turned futile as the UPDF public relations office deliberately denied to give a comment. They instead referred us to police which also referred us to the army PRO. If has turned out that media has already been directed not to follow up on the matter. Apparently, Daily Monitor journalists and senior editors who participated in the BBC Eye investigations remain under security surveillance.