The police did not have a unique crowd management plan for the sendoff of celebrated Ugandan artiste Moses Sekibogo popularly known as Mowzey Radio, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire has said.
The affirmation follows questions arising out of misconduct and violence reported from Case Hospital, Nakasero, his home in Makindye Division, Rubaga Cathedral and Kololo airstrip where crowds converged to eulogize the Bread and Butter vocalist and in Nakawuka, where he was laid to rest on Saturday.
At all the locations, police battled violent youngsters, some of whom were seen fighting and disrupting the sendoff.
Several people were reportedly attacked and robbed by thugs who staged a roadblocks in broad daylight and started robbing mourners along the road to Nakawuka and at the burial grounds in Kagga.
Radio, a member of the Goodlyfe crew, died on Thursday from head injuries he sustained after a bar brawl on January 22.
But events at his sendoff overwhelmed security and watered down the praises poured out for one of Uganda’s greatest talents.
Mr Owoyesigire says police only relied on each division where the events and the activities were happening to handle the security and manage the crowds.
He could not divulge details of the number of police officers deployed from each division.
“It was not there, every division was responsible when it came to Case Hospital and Kololo, Kira division was managing it, when it came to Rubaga and the burial grounds in Kagga,” the area police was also managing it,” Mr Owoyesigire said.
He says about 40 people were arrested in Kira division, 10 people at Rubaga Cathedral and 10 people from the burial ground in Kagga in relation to the chaos.
Although Police was deployed in hundreds at the burial site, they left most of the work to the bouncers who had come with at least each of the artists.