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Police dismisses Nina Mbabazi’s ‘political search’ reports

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Enanga, Police PRO
Enanga, Police PRO

Police has said the search carried out at Nina Mbabazi Rukikaire’s office premises has nothing to do with politics.

Addressing a press conference today, June 8, Police Spokesman Fred Enanga told the media that the search at the offices of Supreme Security, a company belonging to former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s daughter Nina, was routine inspection of private security companies, carried out by security agencies.

On Friday June 5th, the Military Police and other intelligence agencies occupied the premises of Supreme Security, prompting reports of political witch-hunt against Mbabazi’s tough-talking and unrelenting daughter, to compel her to hand in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) register.

Since her father was fired as Prime Minister in September 2014 and subsequently as NRM Secretary General in December the same year, Nina Mbabazi has come under intense pressure to hand over the NRM party register, which is reportedly in her custody.

But Ms Mbabazi and her father have persistently denied she was in possession of the said register amid counter-accusations that also involve a Shs5.4 billion debt allegedly borrowed from Mr Arvind Patel, the NRM Entrepreneurs League treasurer, to facilitate the compilation of the register.

It is also said that it is this stalemate that prompted the NRM to order for fresh registration of party members.

“The search was not political as many reports have been claiming; we were not looking for the NRM register for that’s party business which we have nothing to do with as police,” said Mr. Enanga.

However, according to police, the operation was to ensure that the standard operations procedure in storage, maintenance and usage of firearms is adhered to, following a directive from the Joint Operations Command.

Under this arrangement, security agencies including the police, army and all private security armories are to be inspected.

“We have finished with the police, army and at least 14 private security companies; we intend to do this throughout Kampala,’’ Mr.Enanga said adding that those found wanting would face sanctions.

The operation headed by the UPDF Member of Parliament Brigadier Phinehas Manoni Katarima is to cover all regions of the country.

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