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Police trash media reports on missing guns, want story retracted

Uganda Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima has on August 8, refuted media reports indicating the loss of over 4,000 guns (FILE PHOTO)

NAGURU – Mr Emilian Kayima, the Police spokesperson has denied reports on the 4000 new missing guns in Uganda Police Force stores, labelling the information as irresponsible reporting.

Media reports on Wednesday, August 8, had indicated that the country was headed for deeper troubles as sources in the security institutions revealed that a number of guns were missing in Police stores.

Mr Kayima has, however, refuted the information saying the Police is not aware of any guns missing from their classified stores.

Reports also indicated that the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) are investigating force on the alleged disappearance of over 4,000 guns from classified stores belonging to the Uganda Police Force.

“CMI detectives have since interrogated a senior Police officer, Good Mwesigwa, who is attached to the stores,” New Vision reported on Wednesday.

The paper added that the guns went missing at the Police Training School in Kabalye and remain unaccounted for.

However, in a Wednesday statement by Police, Kayima has denied that police is not being investigated.

“We are not aware of any investigations by CMI or ISO on the same,” Kayima said.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Martins Okoth-Ochola in May this year halted acquisition of firearms until the registration process is complete.

Uganda Police has rubbished media reports over missing guns arguing the public to remain calm as the gun-audit reports is yet to be submitted (FILE PHOTO)

The Police has, however, said that the findings of the audit are yet to be submitted, discussed and shared with the parties that must share them.

The police now want the story by New Vision retracted saying it endangers national security.

“We strongly advise that New Vision retracts the story corrects the impression created and seek for a clear position from the right and credible sources,” Mr Kayima said.

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