Police head Gen Kale Kayihura has apologized for incidents that were not properly handled by the police force especially during and after the general elections concluded a few months ago.
Gen Kayihura referred to the group of stick-wielding masked men who were filmed whipping opposition supporters and bodaboda riders alongside police, sildenafil http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-includes/theme.php as FDC’s candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye made his way to Kampala.
In early April, price http://cqaireland.com/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php the men wearing black t-shirts and masks were seen beating up bodaboda riders and other people who were following Dr Kizza Besigye’s car from Kasangati to FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi.
This, unhealthy http://cehurd.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php the IGP said over the weekend, was wrong and should not have been allowed to happen.
“I told the professional standards unit to investigate the matter, they have not given me a report,” he said.
“But certainly it was wrong, I concede; it should not have happened, especially in the presence of police.”
The IGP made the comments on Saturday while appearing on a political talk show in Power FM, where he responded to numerous concerns from listeners.
While the police boss says the stick-wielding men are being investigated; at the start of this month the same men were seen beating and arresting opposition leaders and supporters at the Nakawa Magistrates Court where Dr Besigye is battling treason charges.
The men in black shirts were seen assisting police to arrest the opposition party supporters and leaders including FDC’s Secretary for Mobilization Ingrid Turinawe.
Speaking at the radio talk show, the police boss said the force is against such gangs, terming them as dangerous not only to the population, but also the police force itself.
“As the Joint Security Services even before the (2016) elections, we declared war on criminal gangs which had mushroomed in different parts of the country. We started with the Kalangala Action Plan of Maj. Kakooza Mutale,” said Kayihura.
“There were many of them, including the Kasolo Group in Luweero, B13, Kifeesi, Red Top, Kikankane among others. Some were linked to particular politicians and others were not, like Kifeesi which is just there for hire.”
“This goes to show how crime in Uganda has evolved; now we have gangs available for hire. They work as contract killers, or robberies for economic gain,” he said.
Meanwhile the police boss was angry at the media which “vulgarized” his remarks about police crime preventers, purporting that he intended to arm them with guns during the election season.
Kayihura clarified on the talk show that he implied that crime preventers after training, would not only help in fighting crime in their localities, but would also act as UPDF reserves.
“You see, these crime preventers are by extension part of the police force. I said in my speech that since they are part of the police, if the country ever went to war, they could be called to service by the UPDF, because the laws allow this. Of course going to war, the UPDF is not going to arm them with sticks.”