Butambala Country Member of Parliament Muwanga Kivumbi has asked speaker of parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga to order for the arrest and prosecution of Inspector General of police Kale Kayihura over police brutality.
According to him, Kayihura is not above the law and therefore should be paraded in court for ordering his officers to follow Forum for Democratic Change former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and beating up his supporters.
Hon. Kivumbi made the request on Thursday during parliament’s debate on police brutality.
“As we speak now we have 21 militia groups in Kampala with knowledge of Police. It is mentoring and feeding them,” said MP Kivumbi, who doubles as the shadow Internal Affairs Minister while moving a motion for Parliament to debate the conduct of Police and find a lasting solution.
“Charging junior officers is simply and leaving out the commanders like Kayihura is simply a public Relations stunt and cover up for their offences,” he said.
Kivumbi also said the the recruitment of crime preventers was erroneous and illegal because the process did not follow the constitutional provisions.
Ndorwa West MP Nuwagaba MP Wilfred Nuwagaba who seconded the motion about police brutality said police disciplinary Council is welcome; “but we want the officers charged with torture in courts of law.”
“In addition to torturing Uganda, the police today have been named in several acts of criminality. Is this the police which is supposed to protect Ugandans and their property? How do we trust the police force?” asked Soroti District woman MP Angelline Osegge.
This comes just a day after four police officers who are alleged to have beaten up supporters of Dr Besigye, last week, have were charged in the police court with unlawful exercise of authority and discreditable conduct.
The officers who appeared at the Naguru-based police court are; Wandegeya Division Police commander Mr Moses Nanoka; Field Force Unit Commander for Kampala Metropolitan Police, Mr Samuel Bamuzibire; Kampala Metropolitan Police South Commander, Mr Andrew Kaggwa; and Katwe Police Station Operations Commander, Mr Patrick Muhumuza.