Following the move by different lawyers to drag the IGP Kale Kayihura to court over police brutality, human rights activist and lawyer Nicholas Opiyo has decided to initiate independent private investigations into the issue.
Though there are allegations that the Inspector General of Police will be represented by police lawyers, Opiyo has clarified how Kayihura was sued as an individual not as police as a body.
“This wasn’t first time we saw such. Police legal team can’t defend Kale Kayihura. He is in court as an individual. Police team doesn’t have such a mandate,” he added.
He also sighted how it is a must for him to appear before the court because is not above the law and he is not exempted from prosecution.
“Only person who has absolute immunity from prosecution is the president. Only person. IGP and the co-accused don’t enjoy absolute immunity from prosecution when they cross a certain line hence this case,” said Opiyo.
While appearing on NBS TV in the morning, Opiyo further added that the trail is meant to portray and send a message to all other human right offenders to know that people need to be respected regardless of their social status.
“Mr. Kale Kayihura is an ordinary person. His office might not be ordinary but before the law, he is ordinary. Kale Kayihura is a lawyer. He should subject himself to the due process of the law.”