Crime & Investigation

Akullo Grilled Over IPC Women


case here geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While appearing at the High Court before Justice Benjamin Kabiito, dosage more about Akullo justified police’s actions in 2010 against Ingrid Turinawe, discount Catherine Ddembe and other women activists who clashed with the Police and sustained injuries during the scuffle.

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“We had received information from intelligence that they (IPC ladies) were to go to the Electoral Commission Headquarters to disturb their work. What they were intending to do was illegal that’s why we deployed heavily,” said Akullo.

Akullo added that the plaintiffs upon coming out of Court started queuing to disorganize the city.

“I saw the ladies pinning posters. I went to them and introduced myself as a police officer and also cautioned them that whatever they were planning to do was illegal; including pinning of posters. I advised them to go to their lawful places of work or abode.”

However she faced a very tough time answering a question from the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Muhammed Mbabazi who had asked her whether pinning posters was illegal.

“It may be illegal. Seeing them pin posters, we detected that crime was going to be committed and so we stopped them,” she answered.

Akullo also failed to show court which article of the Constitution guided her that day while stopping the activists from demonstrating.

Ingrid Turinawe and other women activists at the High Court today

She said she knew there was an article in the constitution but didn’t know exactly where it was.

“My Lord I need to go through the whole Constitution so as to find the provision which guided me that day.”

Mbabazi also asked her if she was aware that demonstration is a right of citizens. She answered: Yes, I know.”

However, when asked why she stopped a demonstration by citizens, she said the demonstration was intended at disrupting the lawful activities of the Electoral Commission, “an act that is illegal. We were aware that the demonstration was going to be illegal”.

This prompted Mbabazi to ask her “how can an act which has not happened be illegal?”

“If the citizens have right to assemble and demonstrate, what is the role of the police?” Mbabazi asked.

Akullo replied that is to ensure security for both the demonstrators and the other citizens and their properties.

She however failed to differentiate for court between regulating and preventing.

Akullo said all she knew was that she cautioned them and told them to disperse.

Last year, the IPC women led by Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC party Women’s League chairperson, sued nine senior police officers, including the director of operations, Grace Turyagumanawe and Moses Kafeero.

The alleged assault happened on June 14, outside Buganda Road Court after they had attended a court session.

Police were represented by State lawyer, Gerald Batanda.

Police have in the past blocked opposition protests saying they disrupt businesses and traffic.

They insist organizers of political activities must inform the law enforcement body to ensure the processions do not affect normal business especially in the city centre.

However, opposition say demonstration is an inherent right that can’t be regulated by the state.


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