advice http://cosmopolitan.taconeras.net/wp-admin/includes/revision.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This follows the recent activities and demonstrations that rocked Kampala in the past weeks where policemen have been pointed out to have applied too much force than required.
Margaret Sekajja, a UN envoy on Human rights, while at the twenty celebrations of human rights today at Old Kampala playground entreated the Kampala metropolitan commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, to increase on the efforts of improving the discipline of police officers.
“All along, I have been travelling all over the world but what has shocked me is that whenever I reach Ugandans in the Diaspora, I find them complaining about the brutality which they always see in the videos on YouTube applied by the Uganda police in suppressing demonstrations,” she noted.
Sekajja further advised that the police force should ensure that every officer who is accused of violating people’s rights should be prosecuted on an individual basis as one of the ways of improving the image of the force thereby making it a pro-people force.
Kampala metropolitan police commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, while speaking at the same function, remarked that different units have been set up in Uganda police purposely to improve on the code of conduct of police officers.
“And these have done a great job in punishing bad elements from the force,” Kaweesi added.
However, Kaweesi further advised the civil society organisations to not only blame the police but also to give constructive criticism where necessary.
Police on the limelight
The Uganda police force was brought on the spot after the City Hall incident in which Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago’s lawyer, Abdallah Kiwanuka, was manhandled and Members of Parliament including Hon Latif Sebagala, Hon Sebuliba Richard Mudduawulira and Hon Ken Lukyamuzi from accessing the City Hall.
Idi Ibin Ssenkumbi, the publicist at Kampala Metropolitan Police, came out very first and assured the public that “they are going to charge and punish every police officer who was involved in the mistreatment of civilians at the City Hall”.
The City Hall incident was greatly condemned by opposition politicians and human rights organisations who blamed police for taking part in denying people their rights which it is mandated to protect.
Consequently, the parliamentary committee for human rights issued summons for the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura and the minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima whom the committee tasked to explain police’s conduct.
The IGP responded by blaming the opposition and affirming that police had acted within the guidelines of the law.
Unconfirmed rumours also circulated claiming that Kaweesi had lost his chance to train in the US because of the human rights abuses by police.
These rumours were then backed by media reports which confirmed that the US government had actually “blacklisted top police chiefs”.
Today, Kaweesi once again promised the public that police is going to makes changes, and for the better.