Uganda’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura has deployed more than 100 Flying Squad Unit (FSU) officers to the troubled Kasese district to hunt down elements that illegally possess guns.
Confirming the deployment, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima confirmed the police deployment.
“It is true 111 FSU officers have been deployed in Kasese purposely to cooperate with other security agencies to stabilize the region. Others have been deployed to other districts,” Mr Kayima was quoted as saying.
The deployed officers are part of 200 FSU operatives that were sent on a three-month refresher course at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi District in September this year.
The deployment of the officers comes at a time Kasese has witnessed clashes in November 26 and 27 between security forces, Rwenzururu kingdom royal guards.
The clashes left more than 100 people killed. 150 people gave been arrested including the Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere.
Mumbere and his accomplices have since been charged with 41 counts that include murder, aggravated robbery, terrorism and treason.