More than 30 lawyers who had prepared to prosecute Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura over police brutality have quit the case.
According to the lead lawyer Abudallah Kiwanuka, about 34 lawyers quit after being intimidated by Gen. Kayihura’s lawyers.
On Wednesday, hooligans believed to be mobilised by General Kayihura and Kabalagala DPC besieged Makindye Magistrate’s Court where Gen. Kayihura was expected to appear and face charges of torture.
Kayihura did not show up over unclear reasons.
At court, the group of hooligans who were protesting Kayihura’s prosecution wanted to lynch Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and other lawyers who wanted to prosecute Kayihura by way of private prosecution.
Some of the lawyers’ cars were vandalised.
“Some of my colleagues have thrown in towels after their lives being threatened and theirs cars vandalised at court yesterday.
Out of 56 lawyers only 22 have remained. I have been getting anonymous calls threatening my life but I will not give in.
Some callers claim they are from State House while others claims they are from the IGP’s office,” said Kiwanuka.
Uganda law society has since condemned the act by Kayihura’s men adding they will investigate the matter.