Gov’t blames citizens for provoking police


Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa

Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa has urged citizens to stop provoking police that ends up beating them.

Speaking during “NBSFrontline” programme last Thursday, Nankabirwa said she had vehemently condemned police brutality after officers beat up Kizza Besigye supporters.
“We need to change in a way we are handling people,” she said.

While police chief Kale Kayihura and his senior officers survived prosecution, Nankabirwa asked police to be professional.

“I condemned police brutality. People must stop being provocative much as police should be professional.”

She said police is part of the community and should not be provoked.

Last week, the Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma issued an interim order halting the trial of Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura after an application by Kampala advocate, Robert Lutalo.

Kayihura and seven other senior officers were summoned by court in July to appear and answer to torture charges slapped against them for beating Kizza Besigye supporters.

The other senior officers wanted in court on that day are 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).

Kayihura refused to appear and instead deployed goons who besieged court threatening to beat up lawyers and wreak havoc.

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