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Kayihura: Global Human Rights Groups Fighting Police

Serbian Cranes tactician coach Milutin Micho Sredjovic believes Uganda can in the next few years become a force to reckon with in African football if extra efforts are put in.

Addressing journalists at FUFA House in Mengo on Wednesday morning in the aftermath of the Cranes 2-1 win against home side Botswana over the weekend, rx Micho said the focus should not be on qualifying for a single Afcon tournament but being able to replicate this in the following campaigns.

According to the Serbian tactician, buy countries like Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Algeria that are common figures at the Afcon finals are not far better than Uganda but rather well prepared.

“People think we (Uganda) are perennial losers but we have to put that behind not for one tournament but keep the marathon. We have the required quality of players to help us do this,” Micho said.

“We should not just qualify to participate in the tournament but make some big strides and maintain the form of participating in every Afcon finals. We ought to beat our neighbors in the region who have been there previously but have since never returned.”

Giving  examples of Kenya and Rwanda- 2004 plus Tanzania who last qualified in 1980 but have since never been represented in the Afcon tournament, Micho said Uganda can now focus on playing in a series of Afcon finals and becoming a football giant in the region and continent at large.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo also shares the same dream and holds that the federation  needs to focus on long terms goals for the national team.

FUFA President Moses Magogo speaking at the event

FUFA President Moses Magogo speaking at the event

“We can build on players we have including Dennis Onyango, Tonny Mawejje, Geofrey Massa and Hassan Wasswa to give experience to the rest of the team,” Magogo said.

“The team should be able to compete on the continent not in one tournament but a series of them and consecutively.”

He however says this is work in progress citing an increment in the number of Ugandan players plying their trade outside their homeland which he said is good in a bid to achieve the big goal of building a strong Cranes team.

The FUFA president said tournaments like CECAFA, CHAN and others can be put to good use by Uganda so as to help build a formidable team that  can represent well on the continental level.

Uganda last appeared at the AFCON finals  in 1978 and lost winners Ghana on finals but had participated earlier in 1962, 1968 , 1974 and 1976.

The Uganda Police has come out to bash the recent reports by Amnesty International and Transparency International claiming their findings are inaccurate and undermine the Force’s efforts to deliver its mandate.

In a statement issued by the Inspector General of Uganda Police Force (UPF) Gen. Kale Kayihura, physician he described the two reports as partisan, page propaganda, clearly intended to depict the Police in very negative light for reasons that can only be described as sinister.

A report released by Amnesty International on December 7, castigates the police for ‘disrupting peaceful opposition gatherings using excessive force, arbitrary arrests of opposition politicians, and torturing individuals aligned with the opposition.’ The report proceeds to state that restrictions on freedom of assembly hindered the ability of Ugandans to receive information and engage with politicians, before presidential campaigns started in November 2015

“Indeed, we are surprised, and extremely disappointed that in spite of the fact that we were very cooperative to representatives of the Amnesty International, and, together spending days, and hours, (including I, personally), painstakingly going through the allegations made against the Police and giving information, context, and explanations in respect of incidents and situations mentioned in the report, Amnesty International gives prominence, and credibility to those accusing the Police,” read the IGP’s statement about the report.

The IGP goes ahead to note; “And, no justice to the elaborate information on what happened, background to what happened, as well as explaining police actions in each case, including the management of criminal cases, and handling of suspects that we made available to them.”


He further expressed dissatisfaction towards failure of the report to take into account the Police’s mandate of the Police of keeping law and order together with the obligations of organizers of public events under the Public Order Management Act

The report according to Gen. Kayihura is shallow on the causes and context of the allegations cited therein adding that it never considered the fact that most political rallies were successful.

“Moreover, while the report focuses on isolated incidents of clashes of the Police with political activists, it does not bother (in spite of our explanations) to, objectively, mention the causes, the genesis, i.e. the chain of causation of those clashes, since their preoccupation is to give a negative image that Police is targeting certain political groups.”

“It does not mention the fact that many public rallies were held peacefully during the primaries of the respective parties, in particular the FDC, where Dr Kizza Besigye and Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu traversed the country campaigning with the support of the Uganda Police.”

Furthermore, the Police discredit the failure to acknowledge their role in offering security and order during the nominations of Presidential, and Parliamentary, and Local council candidates who were accompanied by mass processions.

“For the benefit of the public, we intend to give detailed responses to each and every allegation, and conclusions of Amnesty International, point by point, as we gave to Ms Sarah Johnson and her delegation, when we met them.”

In a similar reaction, UPF’s Chief Political Commissar AIGP Assuman Mugenyi commented; “Before November, several aspirants used different kinds of tricks to hold campaign rallies and UPF, which is primarily mandated to uphold law and order for over 35 million people in addition to ensuring that the then less than one hundred presidential aspirants do not disrupt public peace, stopped the illegal rallies.”

Regarding the Transparency International report, the Police say they’re equally unsatisfied with the methods used in carrying out the survey.

Much as he acknowledged that like any other organization world over, there could be cases of corruption in the Force, he made assurance that Police will continue fighting against corruption, and other misconduct in the Uganda Police, and actions taken against concerned officers.

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