Use bullets exceptionally, activist tells police


Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) Executive Director Dr. Livingstone Ssewanyana has urged police to use bullets sparingly when dealing with civilians.

Ssewanyana was Monday responding to Kasese attacks that prompted police to shoot six people dead.

Security forces have been on the spotlight for shooting civilians who they accuse of attacking officers on duty.

Ssewanyana says the case here is the issue of proportionate force.

“Bullets should be used exceptionally.”

According to him, the underlying issues in Kasese need to be dealt with first.

“Any rush to provide answers will not help,” he noted.

So far, residents have burnt security officers’ houses or those of their relatives as well as physically hurting security personnel.

The inspector General of police, Kale Kayihura, accuses the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere of funding militias to fight government.

Police even tear gassed a procession which was escorting Mumbere over the weekend.

The king was attempting to force his way into Bundibugyo to attend the Kingdom’s annual peace day against Kayihura’s advice.

Mumbere denies the accusations and has since asked Kayihura to withdraw the statements.

Tooro Kingdom King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru on the other hand, asked his subjects not to engage in violence.

Dr Ssewanyana says all Ugandans including opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye who is under house arrest at his Kasangati, have inherent rights.

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