Crime & Investigation

Gen Kayihura: I’ve No Regrets for Commanding Parliament Operation

Kayihura addressing the media in Katabi on Friday afternoon (Photo: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura has taken personal responsibility for deployment of muscular security personnel to evict suspended MPs from Parliament.

Kayihura, who served for decades as a military officer and later as President Museveni’s military assistant, revealed that the MPs “wanted to burn Parliament.”

He did not present evidence to support this claim.

The violence in Parliament has attracted condemnation with observers accusing security officers of using excessive force.

They are also faulted for abusing the sanctity of Parliament Chambers.

But government says the MPs who are opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limit of 75 years were unruly and defied the speaker’s orders hence the need to use force to evict them.

Kayihura, who spoke to journalists at Kasenyi Landing Site here where he is meeting residents on celebrations to mark Police week, said he had no regrets over what happened in Parliament on Wednesday.

“We did it in fulfillment of Police’s constitutional duty,” said Kayihura, adding, “I have nothing to apologise for.”

The Police chief has previously come under fire for high-handedness in countering political dissent.

On his part, Kayihura says opposition figures have been using illegal public assemblies to usurp power.

Asked whether the operatives used to remove MPs from Parliament were police officers, Kayihura responded: “They were police officers in plain clothes assisted by other officers from sister security organs basing on Article 212 of the Constitution.”

He added: “We as police, we have to maintain law and order in the whole country and Parliament is not excluded.”

Police Weeks activities end on October 3.

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