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Errant Police Officers to Personally Compensate Victims

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Deputy IGP Okoth Ochola

Amidst accumulation of the amount of money that government owes in court damages and compensations to people resulting from unprofessional actions of individual Police officers, for sale Government has decided to refer the payment of these fines back to the perpetrators.

The various institutions from which the wrong acts were committed will hence forth bear the responsibility of making the errant officials pay for their actions.

In a letter dated 13th June 2017, signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola and addressed to all Police departments, he states that anybody who will harm an individual or conduct him/herself unprofessionally and he loses a court case, will be responsible for paying the court awards ordered to be given to the victim.

This is unlike in the past where it was the government to make such compensations.

“In this budget F/Y 2015/16, it was provided that arising out of the challenges experienced in managing court rewards and in order to ensure that accounting officers are held accountable for their actions, Government agreed to decentralize payment of all court awards by the responsible officers,” read part of the letter.

Meanwhile, the Deputy IGP Ochola ordered all police officers at various levels to stop arresting people for the offence of Idle and Disorderly with immediate effect because it was outlawed by the court of laws.

Ochola in a circular ordered the officers to implement this directive which was further emphasized by President Museveni on 6th June 2017 at Serena Hotel in the State of Nation address.

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