By Stephen Kalema
All operatives attached to the Police’s Flying Squad have had their services terminated.
In a document dated November 5, 2018, and signed by the Flying Squad management, all operatives lost their jobs with immediate effect.
Flying Squad was formed to fight violent crimes such as robberies and kidnaps.
“Warning. All those who be working with Flying Squad Unit as operatives. Their services have been terminated with effect from today 05th till further notice.”
This termination comes at a time when Flying Squad operatives are under fire following the manner in which they conduct their operations their operations as well as gross misconduct and torture of suspects by its operatives .
Recently, plain clothed security officials allegedly belonging to Flying Squad brutally arrested a member of the Democratic Party, Yusuf Kawooya in broad day light.
The move also follows a decision to disband the unit by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Martins Okoth-Ochola in May.
By February, the Police Professional Standards Unit was investigating 213 cases against FSU personnel lodged by both civilians and police officers, including torture, robbery and extortion. Handling of the cases will continue since each was lodged against individual officers, police said.
Former IGP Kayihura established FSU Unit in 2013 following a spate of violent crimes. Most of its operatives are informers and Special Police Constables; low-rank officers, who joined police on temporary contracts.