Court summons Kayihura for torturing Ugandans

Kayihura (R) holds one of the policemen

Kayihura (R) holds one of the policemen

A court in Kampala has issued criminal summons for the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, for torturing civilians.

Makindye Chief Magistrate Court summoned Kayihura alongside other seven senior officers; Andrew Kaggwa (Kampala South Regional commander), James Ruhweza (head of operations, Kampala Metropolitan), Samuel Bamuziibire (Kampala Metropolitan Field Force Unit commander), Patrick Muhumuza (operations commander of Field Force Unit, Kampala Metropolitan South), Wesley Nganizi (Regional police commander, Kampala North), Geoffrey Kaheebwa (Deputy Regional Police Commander, Kampala South) and Moses Nanoka (Wandegeya Division police commander).

They are expected to appear and answer charges of torture after being sued by private lawyers linked to Lukwago & Co Advocates and Namugali & Walyemera Co Advocates for beating of opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye.

The criminal summons dated July 21 and signed by Chief Magistrate Richard Mafabi, Kayihura and his juniors are to appear in court on August 10 at 10am.

According to the charge sheet, Kayihura and his aforementioned senior officers and others still at large in various places in and around Kampala, between 2011 and 2016 but most notably on 13/07/2016 and 14/07/2016, are liable for the acts of torture committed against Joseph Kaddu, Andrew Ssebitosi, Rogers Ddiba, and other members of the public, including boda boda riders and supporters of Dr Besigye.

On July 14, police officers commanded by Kaggwa circled boda-boda riders near Busaabala Road junction off Entebbe Road and beat them as they accompanied Dr Besigye who was heading to the FDC party headquarters.

Besigye was coming from Nakawa court after answering to treason charges he is facing before the same court.

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