Gov’t Condemns Pro-Kayihura Demos, Police Brutality

Minister Jeje Odongo addressing journalists on Tuesday.

The government through the Internal Affairs ministry has described as unfortunate the protests at the Makindye Chief Magistrates Court by a group of people loyal to the Inspector General of Police, buy more about Gen.Kale Kayihura last week.

Ugly scenes were on Wednesday witnessed at the Makindye court as people with placards stormed the court demanding that the police boss should not be tried over the brutality meted out to Dr.Kizza Besigye supporters.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday morning, the Internal Affairs Minister (under which the police falls) Hon. Jeje Odongo said the unlawful actions by the supporters were uncalled for and should be condemned by every Ugandan.

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“We regret the unfortunate incident as interference to the constitutional duty of courts and judicial officer. It was an unlawful limitation on the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms of others as enshrined under article 43 of the constitution,” Gen.Odongo told a news conference at the media center.

“Government regrets the above incident and will take measures to ensure they are not repeated again.”

The Internal Affairs minister noted that there have been similar incidents in the past which he said should never happen again. He stressed the need to uphold the constitutional role and independence of the judiciary.

The police force moments after the court incident, came out and condemned the actions of the IGP supporters, but stressed that these were in their right to express their feelings.

Police Brutality

Gen. Odongo also lashed out at police for the brutality meted out on a group of supporters who were following FDC’s Dr. Kizza Besigye stressing it was uncalled for by the law enforcement officers.

He noted that the constitutional role of police is to protect citizens, preserve law and order and prevention on top of detection of crime other than terrorizing members of the public as exhibited.

“The Ministry of Internal Affairs does not condoned or support the unlawful use of force against civilians and should be condemned in all possible ways,” he said.

He however said the police force has in the past executed their duties professionally urging the public to distinguish the few isolated incidents and give credit to the law and enforcement officers.

The police force has since subjected the police officers implicated in the said brutality as well as their commanders to an internal court trial.




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