Crime & Investigation

Opposition Want Gen Kayihura’s Powers Trimmed


visit this site geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The proposal follow what the opposition say is a myriad of incidences that the force has deviated from its constitutional role of keeping law and order to use of excessive force against unarmed civilians.

They are now demanding that the IGP is relieved of among others his constitutional powers to appoint, recruit and promote and punish his officers.

At their party press conference on Wednesday, Uganda People’s Congress highlighted a number of incidences where crime suspects have been manhandled at the hands of the police.

Party Spokesperson Mr Okello Lucima pointed out the death of John Oboth a Tororo bodaboda rider on Monday at Mbale Referral Hospital, having been shot dead by police during an operation against unregistered bodaboda cyclists.

Another Nathan Ntare, a 13year old pupil was shot dead in Bugembe Jinja district on Friday as police tried to quell a riot sparked by proceedings at schools’ athletics competition.

The Inspector Gen. of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura who visited the family of the deceased pupil, offered condolences and to re-assure them and the community of Bugembe of police action against the perpetrators.

Kayihura further instructed that the organizers of the event should be arrested for not following the rightful procedure.

“Apologies are not enough,” reiterated UPC’s Lucima. “What happened in Bugembe and elsewhere around the country is criminal misconduct. Perpetrators must be held accountable including the IGP who holds the final responsibility.”

On account of these and more incidences, the party deduced that the IGP and the entire Police leadership had lost focus and needed to be relieved of some of their responsibilities.

“This is no longer the traditional police force that we used to know. This has been turned into a military force whose vocation is not to protect people’s lives.”

Lucima went on despise the looming police reforms that would see its name changed from Uganda police Force to Uganda National Police.

“That is a fallacy. Gen Kayihura cannot transform that which he has deliberately designed to be a murderous and trigger-happy force.

He thus proposed formulation of a Citizens commanded Police Commission to which the General will be fully answerable.

“What we require is that there must be put in place an independent civilian Police oversight Commission that will deal with issues of standards, discipline, and professionalism in the force.

It should carry out the responsibility of investigating breach of conduct, recruitment promotions and others. Not the IGP or the President. Police should only be represented on this commission.”


Chimpreports was unable to reach the IGP for a comment. Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango however, described the proposals as ‘entirely unnecessary.’

He told us in a phone interview that the force had on the contrary managed to stabilize and bring about peace across the country.

“The country is free. We have done our work very well as required by the Police Act. That is why there is a conducive environment for everything. There is business, there is prosperity.”

Onyango went on to note that the few incidences in which police officers have directly caused deaths of suspects and innocent citizens were only “isolated and accidental.”


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