Our officers are stressed, police boss defends kiboko squad


A police boss, when asked why policemen are beating civilians, confessed that their officers are stressed yet dealing with an angry society hence the beatings.

Dr Fred Yiga, the Chief Political Commissar, was on Tuesday appearing on NBS TV morning breeze programme.

“Policing is an activity that will always have ups and downs with meeting points between public and officers,” Yiga explained.

“You can’t pursue a straight line in policing given that there is always an interface.”

Yiga said nine officers are before the police court following what happened last week, explaining that at least something is being done on those who beat Kizza Besigye’s supporters.

“We are policing an angry society. How do we calm down people?” Yiga queried.

He added: “The officers are probably stressed. They stand from morning to evening.”

While defending police chief for introducing kiboko squad, Yiga said bullets kill, rubber bullets injure and teargas is not good.

“We are revising. That’s why IGP Kale Kayihura suggested caning.”

He said if the public is going to create situations where police has to remain on standby, they are going to have problems.

“The public should give us a chance to behave professionally. The public shouldn’t throw stones and abuse us,” the officer urged.

According to Fred Egesa, a Security Consultant, Police has no think tank.
“Officers are merely briefed. There is never any brainstorming. Kale Kayihura should be held accountable to this country.”

He said inflicting tension and fear has its own reactions urging police to use proportional force when dealing with crowds.

“The public should be respected and vice versa.”

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