KAMPALA – Police Ag Director in charge of Traffic and Road Safety Lawrence Nuwabaine has revealed that the increasing number of numberless vehicles is because the plates drop off.
Since the year began, there have been rising concerns from the public over people being kidnapped by armed people who force the abductees into the dreaded ‘drone’ vans and drive away to unknown places.
Some of the victims who have been released from ‘abduction’ and live to tell the tale narrate ordeals of torture inflicted on them by the kidnappers with many claiming that they were questioned about matters relating to the National Unity Platform – NUP.
While addressing journalists on Monday, February 15,2021, Nuwabaine admitted that no vehicle is allowed to move without a number plate.
“When drone vans are being imported, they come with very small number plates that always fall off on the way. That’s why some of them have no number plates only that the media tends to blow it out of proportion,” he said.
He further noted that traffic police is going to arrest all private vehicles motorists misusing sirens.
“I want to appeal to those driving those vehicles to completely disable those sirens before police get them,” Nuwabaine said.
President Museveni agreed that the security operatives have picked up scores of ‘terrorists and lawbreakers’ from different places including Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Mukono, Nakasongola, and Kyotera during several operations.
The president blamed the said criminals for trying to intimidate NRM supporters and destroying their property.
According to figures read by the president, 242 people were arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence–CMI while 76 were arrested by a unit of commandos which was brought from Somalia to man security in different violence-prone areas during the elections.
Out of the 76 arrested by commandos, Museveni says 17 have been released and 59 are still held helping the security to trace their accomplices.
To answer the talk about disappearances, Museveni directed that the list of the suspected criminals who have been arrested be availed to the public.