Own up Your Mistakes – Security Minister Tumukunde Tells Police

Security Minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde

The minister for security Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has, price in what looks like a slap in the face asked police to own up their mistakes.

The police have in the previous weeks been in negative light for torture of Kamwenge Town Council Mayor Geoffrey Byamukama   arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March.

Speaking during a dialogue on media and national security in Kampala, approved Tumukunde said that while some police operations usually go wrong, this they should not be swept under the carpet.

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“If there are mistakes, own them,” Lt. Gen. Tumukunde advised police.

“If you think you arrested wrong people thinking they are the ones you wanted, don’t keep them further because you want to justify the arrest.”

The Kamwenge mayor Byamukama was arrested last month while in Kampala and detained at Nalufenya from where he was allegedly tortured but when asked, police first denied arresting him.

“I also read it from Chimpreports. May be they can tell us more, “police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye responded when asked on the matter.

However, a few weeks later gruesome pictures mayor being treated at Nakasero Hospital went viral on social media and other media outlets forcing police to respond.

“After the arrest, 2 of our officers and the suspect got involved into a scuffle. The suspect sustained superficial   injuries in the process which were aggravated by his medical conditions,” Kasingye said on Friday.

At the meeting, the security minister went on to caution police against torturing suspects.

He also warned against what he termed as ‘over enthusiasm’ by carrying the burden of all security agencies which he said they can’t manage.

“Different security agencies receive different trainings. Police should allow everyone play their role. Two heads are better than one”

He said that as CMI is trained in military intelligence, police are trained to handle civilians, adding that each of those organizations should play a role in investigations of cases.

Tumukunde asked police to let officers involved in the torture of the Kamwenge mayor be brought to book to answer for their deeds.

“If people do mistakes, we should have the humility to tell them to face the law,” Lt.Gen.Tumukunde said. “They should be isolated from the many.”

He also noted that Nalufenya was gazzetted as a detention centre for high profile criminals like terrorists and warned against mixing criminals while in detention which he said gives them chance to create a command centre to terrorize the public.

Lt.Gen.Tumukunde is the latest person to condemn the torture of the Kamwenge town council mayor, the others being President Museveni and US based Human Rights Watch International.

“Even if the suspects do not admit their guilt, if the investigators do their work well (finger-prints, photo-graphs, DNA tests, eye-witnesses, the use of other scientific methods, the use of dogs etc), the criminals can get convicted,” Museveni said in his statement released on Tuesday.


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