Youth Petition British High Commission for Kayihura’s Resignation

Augustine Ojobile (L) has been arrested at Police Headquarters in Naguru

Youth activists under the Youth Coalition for Change (YCC) have Friday petitioned the British High Commission over the conduct of the Uganda Police, stomach calling for resignation of the Inspector General (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura.

The youth led by the FDC Jinja Youth spokesperson, more about Augustine Ojabile delivered the petition to the British High Commission. Earlier their attempts to petition the Interpol were futile.

“We have delivered the petition to the Commission, as earlier planned, we failed to pass the petition through Interpol; the officers rejected for reasons known only to them,” Ojobile told Chimpreports on Friday.

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The youths say they chose to petition the commission because it an important funder of the Uganda Police that is now “inhumanely” treating its citizens.

The petition follows incidents early this week in which officers in uniform and plain clothes were seen beating up supporters of former opposition candidate Col. Dr Kizza Besigye.

The IGP Kayihura was later to defend his officers, claiming that the supporters were trying to block Entebbe Road.

Attacking the media for “siding with the opposition to demonize the police” Kayihura also revealed that flogging was his force’s new alternative to teargas and rubber bullets.

In their petition, the youths noted that police have relented on fulfilling their mission to secure lives and property in partnership with the public in a committed and professional manner in order to promote development.

Ojobile called on the British High Commission to stop looking on as Ugandan citizens are “turned into cattle” when they are the proposers of peace and security protocols.

“We are flabbergasted by the police behavior and the silence of international bodies and donors who have left no option to the citizens who are peacefully saddened by the way issues unfold in their country. We therefore hope if police doesn’t change, then these bodies should stop offering arms and financial donations to the police and declare police operations illegal and life threatening.”

Ojobile added that the Commission should as well force for the resignation of Gen. Kale Kayihura since he has exhibited high levels of incompetence in handling a civilian police.


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