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Police refute media reports of missing 4,000 guns

Police say New Vision report was misleading and demand retraction of the story

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KAMPALA | Police have dismissed media reports that 4,000 new guns have gone missing from their classified stores.

The New Vision newspaper, in its August 8 lead story titled, “Deeper Trouble: 4,000 New Guns Missing in Police,” reported that Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organisation (ISO) were investigating the Police classified stores and that the investigators have found 4,000 new guns missing.

However, in a media release on Wednesday, Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima termed the story as a “hoax that should be treated with the contempt it deserves.”

“To put the record clear, we are not aware of any guns missing from our classified stores neither are we aware of any investigation by CMI and ISO on the same,” Kayima said, adding that there is also no investigation pertaining the procurement for one of the police aircraft

Describing the publication as ‘biased and irresponsible’ reporting bound to endanger national security, Kayima demanded that New Vision newspaper retracts the story.

“We strongly advise that New Vision retracts the story, corrects the impression created and seek for clear positions from the right and credible sources instead of engaging in ‘unsubstantiated, unfair and biased’ reporting of this nature, which has grave security implications,” Kayima said.

The media report regarding missing guns comes barely two months after Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, ordered audit of guns in private hands and halted issuance of private firearms.

Kayima says, however, “it’s true the Inspector General of Police sanctioned a gun audit whose findings are yet to be submitted, discussed and shared with the parties that must share them.”

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