Kampala Metropolitan Police is actively engaged in the eviction of illegal residents and occupants on its Kireka barracks land in Kampala. Despite facing criticism from the public and certain political figures, the police remain steadfast in their commitment to the ongoing process.
In an official statement, the Kampala Metropolitan Police addressed misconceptions surrounding the eviction, emphasizing their dedication to conducting a thorough audit of barracks land. This scrutiny is intended to ensure that any removal of individuals strictly adheres to legal procedures.
Luke Owoyesigire, the deputy KMP spokesperson, revealed that investigations have exposed the unlawful occupation of barracks land by non-eligible persons, including civilians and unauthorized security guards. This occupation has led to the unauthorized use of utilities, resulting in inflated bills. The police management aims to eliminate these irregularities, targeting both makeshift and permanent structures like bars, clinics, and market stalls that were erected without proper authorization. Some of these structures are operated by individuals who have deserted the police force but still use the premises.
The ongoing exercise also seeks to open and preserve the integrity of police land within the Kampala Metropolitan area and beyond. This effort is expected to facilitate clearer delineation of land boundaries for immediate neighbors.
Despite the police’s focus on legal procedures, concerns have been raised about the politicization of the restructuring by certain leaders. Instances of road blockades and setting fires, deemed clear violations of the law, have been encouraged. The police have responded by arresting at least ten individuals engaging in such illegal activities, none of whom were residents of the barracks or neighboring areas.