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Storm At Parliament As MPs Grill Police Bosses

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search http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc/lib/class.media-summary.php sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Police leadership under IGP, price Gen Kale Kayihura and the line ministry symptoms sans-serif; line-height: 200%; font-size: small;”>of Internal Affairs under Gen Aronda Nyakairima were last week summoned by the committee over their role in the KCCA saga and the allegations of high-handedness in handling Kasokoso land wrangles.


Responding to the fully packed committee room waiting to hear why embattled Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, was detained for three days, Kayihura says “we at times detain suspects for over 48 stipulated hours due to the circumstances surrounding the specific suspects and not to compromise the situation”.

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“When we release suspects, at times they are lynched by the public because they think we have been bribed. There are annexes in the human rights related laws we have quoted that guide us,” Kayihura says.


One of the Committee members, Ssemuju Ibrahim disagreed with the IGP and asked for procedural guidance before Kayihura could continue with his response.


“Madam chair, can the IGP tell us who was waiting to lynch the suspect in question (Lukwago) apart from the police and what were they going to lynch him over?” Semujju asked.

Jovah Kamateeka, the Chairperson, Parliamentally Human Rights Committee

The chairperson, however, told the committee that it was Kayihura’s time to present and he should be given ample opportunity to do so.

The room got charged after her ruling when other members joined Ssemuju and accused Kamateeka of siding with the police since she also comes from the ruling NRM Party.

Members including Betty Namboze (Mukono Municipality), Odonga Otto (Aruu County), Wafula Oguttu (Bukoli central), Reagan Okumu (Aswa), Ken Lukyamuzi (Rubaga south) and Fungaro Kaps Hassan [FDC, Obongi] became rowdy asking for orders and procedures one after the other.

It became more exciting when expelled NRM member, Theodore Sekikubo and Western Youth MP, Gerald Karuhanga entered the room all salivating to roast Kayihura and Kampala Metroploitan commander, Felix Kaweesi.

This increased momentum against the police leadership as the new entrants tasked Kayihura to swear never to lie to the committee again and the committee clerk to avail him with the bible.

The Kabula county MP, James Kakooza, also NRM who was the only one supporting the chairperson, advised the wordless and overpowered Kamateeka just to follow the demands of the members against the IGP since “they are the majority”.

Finally Kayihura was made to swear to say the truth and nothing but the truth to the honourable members.

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