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Police Faults Makindye Court Protesters for Intolerance

ACP Polly Namaye (Photo by: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Uganda Police has spoken out on the demonstrations held by loyalists of Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura against his trial on Wednesday saying much as they complied with the Public and Order Management law, viagra order http://copperking.co.zw/components/com_k2/router.php they were tainted with unlawful acts.

On Wednesday, the IGP was expected to appear before the Makindye Grade 1 Magistrate’s court to hear a case in which he is accused of individually being an accomplice to recent police acts of brutality.

He however didn’t show up. A crowd of protesters carrying placards would flock the court premises contesting the case. The angry protester would later block the way leading into the court and turn rowdy. Amidst the chaos and attempts to beat up lawyers that sued the IGP, police officers made no efforts to refrain the protesters.

Responding to the incident in a letter later Wednesday evening, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Polly Namaye said; “the group at the court complied with the requirement of the POM Act (Section 5) of notifying the police so as to obtain guidance and security during the demonstration.”

The letter further read: “the demonstrators through a peaceful demonstration were seeking to show their support of the IGP in relation to the private prosecution brought against him and other police officers at the court.”

ACP Namaye however noted that demonstrations were characterized by ‘acts of intolerance and over handedness’ that were depicted through blocking routes which she said police does not condone.

Chimpreports had earlier obtained a letter dated August 8 addressed to IGP Kayihura, notifying him about an intended public meeting at Makindye Chief Magistrate’s court by a group of youth.

The letter authored by a one Lule Innocent on behalf of ‘a group of concerned citizens’ sought to show support to the police, its leadership and the tremendous work exhibited in keeping law and order.

“We therefore intend to stand with the police leadership on August 10 as they appear before the court and about 3,000 youths are expected to attend the court proceedings in and outside the court premises,” read the letter to the IGP.

Upon reception of the letter, the Deputy commandant Kampala Metropolitan granted permission to the group asking the RPC Kampala Metropolitan South to ‘ensure there is order’ and to liaise with the DPC Katwe.

Gen. Kayihura is expected in court on August 29 when the case is scheduled to be heard.

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