The United States Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac has commended the Parliament of Uganda for coming out strongly on the recent police brutality.
Ambassador Malac said this when she paid a courtesy call on the Speaker, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Tuesday, 16th August 2016.
Malac said that the Parliament of Uganda had not sat back and watched when the Police was involved in brutalising sections of the public.
“Parliament was vocal on the issue of police brutality. It is good to see that at least checks and balances are working,” she said.
Recently, the Police was involved in beating up of people who were watching or escorting Opposition leader, Dr. Kiiza Besigye as he made his way home and to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) office respectively.
Several police commanders have since been arraigned before the Police Court and have been relieved of their positions and sent for training.
Kadaga said that Parliament came out strongly and condemned the actions of the police officer who were involved in the brutality against the civilians.
“We took action as Parliament and as you can see, there is a lot of action that has been taken by the responsible agencies,” she said.
Ambassador Malac also raised the issue of the Bio-Technology and Bio-Safety Bill which is about the Genetically Modified Organisms.
“Anything coming up on the Biotech Bill because it is of good interest to us?” she asked.
The Speaker responded that Parliament had handled the Bill and was waiting for the Executive to come out on the same.
“I get so many delegations that are for and against the Bill. We also got a petition from farmers and we sent it to the concerned Committee for quick handling,” Kadaga added.