Eastern Regional Police Commander Transferred Over Mbale Riots

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Evans Nuwamanya, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, is in trouble for allegedly mismanaging the several public riots that recently hit Mbale district.

Evans Nuwamanya, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, is in trouble for allegedly mismanaging the several public riots that recently hit Mbale district.

Nuwamanya has been recalled to the police headquarters in Kampala for redeployment.

In a communication to the Eastern Regional Police Headquarters on Monday evening, Lieutenant General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, announced a major transfer of senior police officials in Eastern Region.

In the transfer, Jacob Opolot, the Regional Police Commander of Kampala Metropolitan South has replaced Nuwamanya who has not yet been redeployed.

Opolot was former Mbale District Police Commander until April this year when he was promoted and accordingly transferred to Kampala as Regional police commander.

Peter Kakonge, the Eastern Regional Deputy Police Commander has also been promoted and transferred as the Regional Police Commander of the newly created East Eastern Region with its headquarters in Tororo.

Meanwhile, Michael Ongica, the acting Mbale District Police Commander has been sent on a four month political training in Kyankwanzi. Fred Eriku, the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department – CID is now the acting District Police Commander.

Diana Nandaula, the Eastern regional police publicist confirmed the development to Uganda Radio Network on Tuesday. She says according to the communication from Kayihura, the transfers take immediate effect.

A high ranking police officer at the Mbale based Eastern Regional Police Headquarters, who declined to be named because he is not allowed to talk to journalists, earlier told Uganda Radio Network that Nuwamanya’s transfer stemmed from the recent demonstrations that hit Mbale Municipality.

Early this month, Mbale Municipality registered four violent demonstrations in a spate of two weeks as residents protested over a range of issues including poor road network, and illegal and forceful evictions of traders among others.

The first demonstration was at Nkoma market where traders protested their eviction by a group of developers. Several people were injured in running battles with the police that fired rubber, live bullets and teargas.

Later in a meeting between the traders, the Resident District Commissioner, the police and the Municipal authorities, the Police was accused of mismanaging the riot.

Just three days after the Nkoma market riot, two other violent riots were registered in Namakwekwe when residents of the area took to the streets over the poor state of roads. Police intervened and dispersed them.

Nuwamanya, who bitterly clashed with Micheal Ongica, the DPC over the decision to use teargas and live bullets, was accused of mismanaging the riots. He reportedly ordered for teargas that attracted a serious retaliation by residents and later failed to contain the situation that was later left to the UPDF soldiers.

However, Diana Nandaula maintains that his transfer was normal and has nothing to do with the riots.