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If the constitution is not protecting our rights, Let’s ignore it starting with the POM Law!

The Magna Carta (1215), a.k.a The great charter, is actually the mother of all constitutions. In the magna carta, the Kings (England) subjects forced a document (Agreement) on the King limiting the power of the King; The document forced the King to proclaim rights of subjects and and accept that his powers had a limit.

The most important input of Magna Carta was the principal of No Taxation without representation which was to form the basis for the American civil war. The principal of no taxation without representation was the rallying call for the America war of independence against their colonial masters, the British. In 1649, King Charles I was beheaded for being a traitor and violating the constitutions of the Kingdom- the magna carta (So much for those claiming Britain has no constitution)

The French revolution, credited for the revolutionizing governance and democracy, also owed their ideological back ground to this document.

As expected, the King of England declared this document unworkable and banned it, but the ideas were out of the bottle and could not be bottled again. Several thousands of Royal and Quasi Royal necks later, Constitutions are established documents FOR LIMITING THE POWERS OF THE RULERS AND PROCLAIMING RIGHTS OF CITIZENS.

Our rulers would have us believe that the Constitution is an instrument to rule us, and they have proceeded to delete, dilute, ignore, amend all those provisions that protect citizens from the excesses of rulers and they have highlighted and strengthened those provisions that curtail the liberties of citizens in the constitution.

IF CONSTITUTION OF UGANDA PROVES INCAPABLE OF GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS, THEN IT WILL BE USELESS AND DESERVES TO BE IGNORED. Why would any Ugandan respect the Public Order Management Bill that was passed yesterday? It is tampering with our natural rights.I have so far seen over 10 damaging international headlines, and are all about this law.

At one time in the Soviet Union, a KGB agent ran berserk and went shouting on the streets of Moscow, “Nikita Khrushchev (ex towering leader of the Communist Party) is stupid, Khrushchev is stupid” such an abomination against a towering figure! He was charged with revealing a state secret under the Official Secrets Act!!!!

Actually our official secrets act does not apply to persons not in the employment of Government unless that person is an agent of a foreign power!!I have reread the Official Secrets Act and see nowhere one can be brought under its operation for possessing a state document if one is a civilian not working with the government of Uganda!!!

Wait a moment!Is the Muhozi project an official secret? No wonder government wants to start monitoring social media, hehehehe…………Anyway power belongs to the people but they cant have access to state secrets?What is a state secret?



Those who are opposed to the Public Order Management Bill simply want anarchy, rights without responsibility-Says Kayihura

We need serious discourse on this matter of managing public order, which by the way is the core function of any police force anywhere in the world: keeping law and order, and which in the case of Uganda, some quarters suggest it is must not be, police must not regulate public order. We shall soon tell our own story since 2005, with the opening of political space, and having to deal with political activists driven by the thinking (to put upside down the words of the great German military philosopher, Von Clausewitz,) “Politics is war by other means” (what he actually said was that “war is politics by other means”.

As for the deliberately distorted presentation of the public order management law in offing, soon the correct interpretation of the same will clearly come to light and you will find nothing different from similar laws of other countries such as UK, and other European countries. Those who are opposed simply want anarchy, rights without responsibility; they believe that they have superior rights over other Ugandans, for instance staging rallies, and provoking riots in markets and taxi parks. What happens to the rights of the traders, the rights of motorists?

Imagine a leader organising a rally next to the Heart Institute in Mulago hospital, not only without notifying the Police, but even without notifying and seeking permission from the authorities of the hospital, who are the proprietors of the venue. Not even bothered as to what effect the noise from the rally would have on the heart patients. What insensitivity, what arrogance! They must block roads with stones and burning tyres, and attack motorists because it is their right to do so! That is the problem, guys. That is the issue. Otherwise, the bill actually restricts greatly police discretion, and police action, which by the way we have by virtue of Article 212 of the Constitution.

Ghana Vs Uganda

As for the contrast between Ghana and Uganda, while am not attempting to explain away weaknesses in our system, it is important to appreciate that the two countries have had different historical experiences. In the period you are talking about, Ghana was at a peace, but in our case, we are only now seeing the tailend of insurgencies both within and in our neighborhood.let’s begin serious and objective discourse about our situation, looking at all sides. We owe to our children.

By the way, in the history of Uganda, the military and the police have never been so close to the population as we are today. In the police, we are striving to build community policing establishing close partnership with the population. With me, Not only do I not have any mansion, I don’t even have a kiosk in Kampala. You can do your investigation.TEARGAS

What is shown in the picture above is not teargas. It is a water cannon dispensing water mixed with a dye that is meant to identify rioters for purposes of legal action either to caution or prosecute them. By the way, recently a study by a team of Irish police on public order management by the Uganda Police, concluded that incidents of use of force including teargas are minimal in contrast to the challenges that we face, the wide negative publicity that we were bombarded with, and comparable situations in other countries.

Did you see the recent images in Turkey, Brazil, not to mention Egypt. Otherwise, I had not commissioned research on how much teargas we use annually. Am going to try to see whether we can do it. Otherwise, the use of teargas is quite minimal. Incidentally, we last bought teargas in 2010, and this financial year we are not procuring teargas. Instead, we are procuring fire equipment to ensure that every major town has a fire station, as well as additional ambulances to add onto our current fleet of 21 ambulances which have provided excellent service of saving lives in accidents and other emergencies. The Uganda Police does a lot of good to the country, apart, of course fm the task of preventing and hunting criminals.

We are reorganizing and very soon we shall begin giving UAH updates. By the way, we opened a ground breaking meeting of police officers from 25 African countries of EAPCCO, and SARPCCO policing regions (i.e. from Cape Town to Asmara) in Imperial Botanical Beach hotel to review the very successful Operation we simultaneously conducted in all the countries mentioned targeting the crime categories of trafficking in human beings, proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons, drug trafficking, and motor vehicle thefts. I will post my speech, and also the results of our Operation, including Uganda country report. That half the police forces of Africa are coming together and networking, and that that Uganda is playing a leading role in this. Surely, Abbey Semuwemba, this is something to celebrate. Yes, we shall regularly inform you about what is going, and by the way, even where we get wrong we shall acknowledge.


Police Airwing is a very old department of the Uganda and if I may add all police forces the world have aerial capability. The wing over the years, especially in the late 70s and early 80s, lost its helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts. In 2007, we bought a new helicopter which sadly was involved in an accident with the former PM Nsibambi. We got compensation fm the National Insurance Corporation where we had insured the helicopter. We want to use that compensation as part of the down payment for acquisition of the three helicopters. This is good for the country. The helicopters are meant to enable carry out search and rescue, air ambulance, aerial surveillance, and operational transport. It is only an ignorant person who can question a country acquiring such capability.

By the way, I wish you and all the brothers and sisters on this UAH Forum and beyond happy Idd, and congratulations on successful completion of Ramadhan.



police quarters at Kasese

police quarters at Kasese

Between 1981 & 1985 there was a very powerful minister of internal affairs, Dr. John Luwuliza-Kirunda (one of the best trained gyns and obs consultants and was cousin of Ali Muwabe Kirunda Kivejinjja- u can ask around). He decreed that one of the 4 lifts at Crested Towers was for his exclusive use even when he was out of the country. No one dared question him (he had pre-signed detention orders and all one need was to insert a name and voila- u r incarcerated).

UPC’s Kirunda one time went for a workshop at hotel triangle -Jinja. He arrived late when all the rooms were taken. He went to the counter and asked for the guests register. He saw Tito Okello’s name. He told the receptionist ” how can u allow this bush monger to sleep like a human being am taking over his room these fellows are meant to stay n sleep in the bush not in hotels like us”.

Kirunda detained over 2000 political dissidents without bail between 1981-1985.He passed away like 2 years ago in exile in Zimbabwe.He remained true to his party up to the end. He couldn’t have returned alive- he stuffed drums of cooking oil with acid when he was fleeing in 85 and dozens of people (neighbor and relations) died when they helped themselves to the booty.

I also heard that he one time ordered for the public address system to be brought to where he was seated during a rally instead of him going to the podium.They had to disassemble and assemble the whole system just for this gentleman. He was also a relative of Shaban Nkutu.The Mwandha’s too are their relatives.

Fast forward- 2013, a newly appointed Internal affairs minister decrees that the upper gate at the ministry is to be used by him and his PS and we lesser mortals who voted his CIC should be crammed through the much smaller an inconveniencing lower gate!!!

If anybody is doubting that Gen.Minister of Internal Affairs, Nyakai, gave those orders, ask those who attended the hand function in the board room. They will tell you everything.

Kakinzi Police post in Luweero District. This, and several police posts in the area operate without sanitary facilities

Kakinzi Police post in Luweero District. This, and several police posts in the area operate without sanitary facilities

Amazes me how Ministers sometimes act like prefects in Primary school……..Indeed military men have no place in modern/democracy politics!We are going backwards. We shall get that point in time when Mr. Museveni’s idea of shooting each other was amongst the sensible things to do.When a man is used to a foot path and suddenly you make a Muram road for him, expect trouble. I gather, even commissioners have to park outside! Who will pay when the street boys snatch of the side mirrors etc?

There is another army guy who enters a super market and his guards seal off the entrance until he is done with shopping. I love the Kahinda Otafire style, the guy goes shopping to a supermarket and u can even not think he is a minister; he even waits at the entrance when the lift is full.

I also read about one Dr.Ochola Latigo who in1986, was the General Manager of the now defunct Uganda Airline,, ordered the recall of a plane which had been airborne more than 30 minutes back to the ground. The plane was destined for Dubai in the United Emirates when it was recalled back to Entebbe airport.

A wise evangelist who went to be with the Lord some years back called Leonard Ravenhill once said, ‘The thing about learning from history is that we never learn from history.

I am inclined to agree with Mzee Yoweri K. Museveni that he could be the only one with a vision in the NRM. U have a newly appointed Minister-Internal Affairs, whose first day in office is marked by issuing threats to derail the democratisation process rather than confronting the challenges in the ministry such as porous borders, undocumented immigrants, easing of passport acquisition for citizens, correctional and pennitentially reforms (read prison services) etc! Why are suppossedly intelligent Ugandans drawn to goofing?

police is in a dilapidated state(as confirmed by General Kayihura yesterday under those Kasese police post photos); people take years processing passports,policemen have not been paid for three months, teachers are now an internal security threat as they have started stealing to survive. BUT the first thing that comes top of his agenda is STOP THE OPPOSITION? Parliament really created a monster.

UPDF is under SFG, SFG is under Brigadier Muhoozi Kaneiruguba who is under M7 hence the only Ugandan with Vision! Don’t be surprised should the defence jet fighters purchased using your money be used to fight your children if not you & your brothers, sisters & parents-Libyans know it too well!

The constitution has been overthrown and we are being governed by martial law. Well, they say that vision is also about sense of judgement. If you have a vision, you are going to appoint the right people. The whole thing about vision is inspiring or infecting your team with it. So, i doubt whether a one-man vision is no vision. It is solipsism (to use a philosophical term].


When I saw the pictures of Gen.Kayihura happy and matching, my mind went back to 1979 when wakombozi from TZ finally entered Kampala

Kayihua wave has got power in it, guys

Kayihua wave has got power in it, guys


Why did General Kale Kayihura inspect a police and not military guard of honour? I mean the rank of general is a military and not a police rank? Some of you may sometimes wonder why I always try to give a brief about people’s past. When I saw the pictures of General Kale Kayihura happy and matching, my mind went back to 1979, precisely April 1979 when wakombozi from TZ finally entered Kampala and the late Professor Lule (RIP) was about to be sworn in as President. It was none other than Mr. Kale Kayihura, yes him, who led Makerere University students through the streets of Kampala to parliament buildings. Mark you then Makerere University students were still well respectable and thus respected and actual admired by the peasants. Not anymore of course but that is beside the point.

If anyone could have predicted that Mr. Kayihura would preside over a fascist police force and try to force editors to sign oppressive agreements to not write about certain individuals, they would have called you mad.

BTW, The Monitor carved in to the regime when it appointed Mr. Asiimwe as its boss. That was a purely political appointment to appease the regime. The moment you appease you have to appease more. Ndiyo

The biggest mistake the Monitor made is contained in the following:

“In Monday’s Observer, when Monitor MD Alex was contacted for comment
on the conditions government is reported to have presented to them
before any consideration of re-opening, he reportedly responded: “We
met the minister but i can’t go into the details or discuss them in
the press.”

The Monitor board tried to buy peace by making a son of the soil boss. But the regime wants more. Therein lies the problem of appeasement.

If the Monitor Board caves in and agrees to the conditions being pushed in their way by the regime that will be the end of the Monitor for real. Better to die now under General Kale Kayihura, LLM and General Aronda, also a lawyer I believe -and you folks blamed Amin’s lesser educated colonels, eeh-than later after appeasement.

The Monitor can die a principled death-yes it will hit the shareholders and employees-or die disgraceful death should it cave in. As the Baganda say “mpaawo magombe gazza”/death is death. Who will buy a paper that guarantees not to write about certain people no matter how news worthy they are?

Folks, the actions by an LLM general IGP illuminate my thesis about Uganda, which is that all LEADERS y are all the same, Museveni, Amin, Obote, Okello, same . You show me the difference. For me there is no REAL difference. Sure there are small differences here and there, but overall, Museveni, Obote, the educated are no different from lesser educated souls of Amin and Okello. Erase that. Actually in some cases the latter were far better than the former. I know this will rub defenders of the former the wrong way, but it is the truth.

Let me repeat my thesis: the educated and uneducated Ugandan leaders have behaved the same. If you still have any doubts, look at the actions of General Kale Kayihura under YKM. We have to exclude General Aronda so far from this saga because he was named minister when it was underway. It was Minister Onek who gave orders. Yes in Uganda having morons or educated leaders leads to the same outcome. Phew!

Well if I were leading the Monitor, rather resign than burry the paper. I said in the Kiganda saying “mpaawo magombe gazza”. The odds facing the Monitor are honestly not good. If it caves in to the govt demands it will die a miserable death. I guess if it refuses it will be killed by the Minister of Internal affairs and the IGP, but that will be an honorable and principled death. . I say better to die on their orders than through self-inflicted death. The decision is up to the Board of directors holding brief for shareholders-the residual claimants.

I know the likes of Hon Wafula Ogutu are reading, so it is up to them to determine the fate of the Monitor. I am telling them that if they carve in they will accelerate the death of the Monitor. Yes they are caught between a rock and hard place. That is why I say that all Ugandan leaders, educated or not are the same.

Sad but true.

So you have some of you-I mean media people-salivating at the woes facing the Monitor. Recall the kisoga saying “ekiri kummwino nekirungi okuwaaya/okuseka or the Kiganda one that “eryokanga netoonya ….”

I saw in the pictures Mr. Kale Kayihura of 1979, happy, being mobbed by ordinary wanainchi. The only difference is back then there was no massive security and unfit policemen based on their tumbo.

So I try to give brief so Ugandans can see how power corrupts and changes people. General Kale Kayihura’s transformation is quite something. Another chap who went through the same is Mr David Pulkol, from being SAVEED to heading ESO and certainly killing Ugandans. I have no clue whether Mr Pulkol is still SAVEED but that is also neither here nor there.

Yes power is sweat but it also corrupts. Like i said ‘atakulaaba akunyoma’/those of you who only know General kale Kayihura the General are probably not amused. But no, he had a very descent, admired and respected life.

I have said that the overthrow of Amin was catastrophic for Uganda in many ways. For starters Ugandan has never been at peace since. Think about it. Since 1978 when Amin blundered and went to Kagera and gave TZ and the so called liberators-not sure what they liberated Uganda from when Monitor and Red Pepper are occupied by police led by an LLM holder-the excuse to invade Uganda.

Uganda as a whole has NEVER known peace. Think about it again, a peaceful Uganda, I mean peace and happiness in all of Uganda, ended with Amin. Well that is the change for you.

National schools ended with Amin. National railways ended with Amin. Everything national died with Amin. What replaced it has always been parochial Teue dat.

So as the rest of you congratulate General Kale Kayihura, some of us mourn, his demise.Let Ugandans compare the actions of the Uganda police under Kassim Obura (Amin), Okoth Ogoola (Dr Obote 2) and General Kale Kayihura, LLM (YKM). In terms of education and rank, General Kayihura is way above them, but what about sadistic actions? Start with press freedom. Do you see any difference?

Times like these demand that we tell the truth, bitter as it may be. So UAF folks stop sugar coating shit or trying to appease. This is not the time for imbecilic debate. No

General Ssejusa is responsible for the wider changes in UPDF. The winner is actually General Ssejusa. The biggest losers are General Nyakairima who becomes minister of internal affairs and becomes the lead minister for another loser, UAH’s very own IGP, Lt General Kale Kayihura. Basically General Ssejusa’s letter and the IGP’s moronic reaction cost him the CDF post, which was his to lose.

So General Aronda is now technically speaking General Kale Kayihura’s immediate boss, but given recent developments General Arond will realize what general Sejjusa’s letter was all about. To be blunt, IGP Kale Kayihura ain’t gonna report to General Aronda. Hell no.

The permanent secretaries are interesting. Congratulations to Nnalongo Guwatudde Kintu Christine, who goes to the thieving OPM. Incidentally, she is probably one of the longest serving Permanent secretaries. She became PS at a very young age. That Budo lady (1975-1978), Makerere College School (1979-1981), MUK 1981-1984 is very lucky. Be firm.

Why has YKM refused to promote Mr. Matia Kassaija who has stood with him since their tough days in UPM to full minister?


Police has not violated any laws in the Ssejusa-DailyMonitor-Redpepper saga, Says Kayihura

Whatever we are doing is within the law. CID needs the letter published by the Daily Monitor, and other documents published by the Red Pepper purportedly originating from Gen Sejusa to assist in the investigation of possible criminality committed. CID sought cooperation from the management of the Daily Monitor and they refused to cooperate to handover the letter, and disclose their sources invoking protection from s.38 of the Press and Journalist Act.

Faced with this, the CID sought and got a court order to compel them to do so, as the same s.38 states that a journalist can be compelled to do so by a court order, among others.

The management of the Daily Monitor Publications have to date defied the court order. In fact, it is in anticipation of this that CID sought and got search warrants from court for both media houses. This is routine in investigations. It is consistent with any standards of investigative practice in any democracy. Moreover, these are not the first searches to be conducted by the Police in Uganda, or anywhere else in the whole.

It is not a violation of the lead judgment of the late Justice Mulenga in the Supreme Court case of Charles Onyango Obbo & another vs Attorney General SCC No 2 of 2002. The issues that were addressed were different. The Court did not rule that searching media houses violates rights and freedoms. They outlawed sections of the Penal Code Act providing for the offense of sedition which to their judgment were too widely worded that they could be used to unjustifiably violate freedoms and rights. The court did not declare that media rights and freedoms are absolute. Read the judgment well.

Let me remind you of Article 43(1) of the Constitution which states “In the enjoyment of the rights prescribed in this chapter, no person shall prejudice the fundamental or other human rights and freedoms of others or the public interest”. In fact, in his lead judgment, Justice Mulenga, my uncle as pointed out highlighted this constitutional position, saying there must be balance between exercising rights and freedoms and what he called the common interest.

Therefore, there is no inconsistency between what Justice Mulengs ruled and what the Police is doing under the leadership of his nephew. Ndugu, I have nothing to be ashamed of. Just serving my country diligently, and lawfully.


Community Policing is the way forward- says Kale Kayihura

Another Kayihura achievement:New police station building in Bushenyi!

Another Kayihura achievement:New police station building in Bushenyi!

We are working towards setting a modern call center to handle distress calls, and other emergencies. In the meantime, I want to assure you that all the emergency lines, including 999, work and there are free. I will personally confirm this and will get back to you.

We don’t discriminate, and I can assure you we are committed to providing policing services in all parts of the country. However, the problem is resources, human and non-human. For instance, effective strength to be able to show visible policing in the whole country requires 68,000 personnel to police a population of 34 million, ie the international standard of 1 per 500 people. But we only have an establishment of 43,000. And even then, the force must have the necessary mobility and other equipment, not to mention the infrastructure. Nevertheless, we are making progress towards building the capacity of the Police.

I promise in my next communication to give you comparative figures to show you the progress. In the meantime, as they say in Kiswahili, kupanga ni kuchaguwa. We have concentrated a larger force in the Kampala Metropolitan Policing Area (Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, and parts of Mpigi) because that is where there is the biggest concentration of the population, as well as economic and other activities, consequently, registering the highest incidence (more than half) of the crime, public disorders in the country. And they are followed by the urban centers. But you are right, there are challenges like domestic violence, land related violence and crime in the countryside that need attention.

However, let me also add, that mere visible of police is not enough. It is also the methods of policing. Today, we are embarked on a programme of transforming the Police away from the traditional policing to community policing. Community policing is a crime prevention strategy as different from merely a crime suppression strategy.

One definition of Community Policing: community policing is “a new philosophy of policing based on the concept that police officers and private citizens working together in creative ways can help solve contemporary community problems related to crime, fear of crime, social, and physical disorder, and neighbourhood decay. The philosophy…requires that police departments develop a new relationship with the law – abiding people in the community, allowing them greater voice in settling local priorities, and involving them in efforts to improve the overall quality of life in their neighbourhoods. It shifts focus of police work from handling random calls to solving problems. ( Trojanowicz and Bucqueroux, ‘Community Policing’)

It is preventive through being proactive as opposed to the reactive tendency of traditional policing. Community policing has four elements: transformationing the ideology and organization of the Police to be community oriented; building partnerships with different communities; problem solving: identifying problems that are root causes of crime and violence and together with other stakeholders in the community, find solutions to them.

With this strategy, even with small nos of police in the rural areas, if the Police commanders religiously implemented this strategy, we would be effective. For instance, in some districts, using this strategy, and with LCs and crime preventers (crime stoppers in USA, and the British have similar volunteers) at village level, the policing is effective. In fact, even in urban areas, if this strategy is not employed, the big nos will not be optimally employed to deliver desired results.

The third element is “crime prevention by citizens and police working together”. That is the basis of crime preventers in Uganda, and crime stoppers in the USA, as I noted earlier. We should be able to patrol, and mobilize the community against specific crimes, as well as working together when crime occurs to investigate.

To continue this discourse, i will send you crime reports from 2006 to 2012.


Lt. Gen.Kayihura Denies Stitching up Top Regime Officials: Nyakayirima, ‘Tinyefunza’ and Mbabazi

His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
The President of Uganda,
P.O.Box 25497
State House,
January, 20th,2013

Yours Excellency. I am Catherine Ddembe, the FDC councilor of Mpigi district and a close friend of Ssebina Ssekitoleko your NRM mobiliser for several years. Around September 2012, I was requested by -y friend Sebina to meet the Inspector General of Police, Lt. General Kale Kayihura to discuss some urgent matters. I agreed to meet General Kayihura in his office at Police Headquarters on Parliamentary Avenue, he asked me to do a mission for him and in return, I would be paid whatever I wanted.

He offered to give me a title for a house in Kampala and a scholarship abroad for further studies. He wanted me to visit my friend Michael Kabaziguruka, the Vice Chairman FDC Electoral Commission at Luzira Prison, where he was remanded on treason charges to convince him as well as Frederick Namara who was once your soldier in PGB and others that were facing similar charges to confess to having been rebels.

Dr. Kizza Besigye he said is a problem with his attempts to overthrow government. He wanted me to convince Kabaziguruka to give a written confession saying this. I got worried when he also asked me to say that the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, the Chief of Defense Forces General Nyakairima, General David Tinyefuza, and others were the funders and leaders of this rebel group. As a supporter of FDC, you know that I do not support the People’s Redemption Army. If Kabaziguruka and the others agreed to cooperate, they would get their freedom and 200 million shillings each.

I was scared, but I still went to visit the prisoners. ln fact, I visited them many times but my conscience was not clear. I even went to Nakawa court when they were taken there. Ssebina drove me all the times and I felt I could not say no. My friend’s reaction to my offer was of suspicion. They claimed that they had been framed regarding rebel activities, and were not willing to confess in case they ended up in jail forever. Then they told me some other FDC member had also approached them telling them that they were to be poisoned in prison. They told me to go talk to their lawyer Rwakafuzi. When I reported back to the IGP, he said he would talk to Rwakafuzi himself. I did not tell Kale of the poison threats on the prisoners.

A few days later, Kale called me and informed me that Rwakafuzi had refused the offer and said that his clients were innocent in the first place. Then Kale told me to continue engaging my friends at Luzira to convince them that they would find them another lawyer. He even offered to pay their legal fees and upon their release they would be paid 400 million shillings each. I went to talk with Kabaziguruka and Namara again but they refused saying they would die. Kabaziguruka refused saying that in his life he had never met with Mbabazi, Sejusa and Aronda and he can’t help NRM sort out its internal fights.

As for Besigye, Kabaziguruka said that he will die first before implicating his President. When I reported back to Kale, he became angry and insisted that I must finish my mission since he had already arranged a meeting for me with you during your visit to his father’s memorial service in Kisoro last October. After that I went back and met Kabaziguruka and Namara while they were appearing at Nakawa High Court but again they refused.

On Independence Day, Kale called me and informed me that he would skip the Independence celebrations at Kololo and that I should meet him in Muyenga Community Police Post. I wondered why the IGP would miss the Golden Jubilee celebrations and want to meet me. When I arrived, Kale accused me of not doing enough to convince my friends at Luzira to cooperate and yet this operation was blessed by you. He talked a lot about how this operation began Your Excellency, I beg to meet you and tell you more when it is us two.

He told me that the arrest of Kabaziguruka and friends was a set up. This is also what Kabaziguruka had been telling me when I visited him. But Kale said it was your Special Forces that planted those guns. Afande Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba had assigned his most trusted soldier, Captain Kashakamba to carry out the operation. I did not believe him and told him that I was scared and wanted to get out of these things.

I feared also now that I would be killed. Kale gave me 20 million shillings to continue with Kabaziguruka group until they agreed to the deal. 20 million was supposed to take care of their families and their welfare at Luzira. Kale told me that he had deployed police escorts to guard the Kabazigurukas on the way to and from Nakawa High Court and that this was a way of putting pressure on them to show them that they had no alternative but had to accept his offer.

While we were seated together, Kale received a phone call from someone he kept on calling as MK. He told him that he had received reports that the Besigye/Mbabazi, Aronda,Tinyefuza group was planning to ambush the prisons vehicle that was transporting the Kabaziguruka’s to court and kill the suspects in order to stop them from talking’ In addition to this, he reported to the same MK that the group had some rebel troops already in Kampala and were planning to attack Mbuya Miltary Barack Naguru Police Barracks and other isolated police stations in central Region. And then Kale told MK that he had requested for 127 billion shillings to sort this out and they were delaying’ He also said on phone that the request was sent to Finance under “supplies” and they were delaying. He told the person on the other side of the phone that they would put pressure on Finance through you since the rebels were becoming stronger.

When he got off the phone, Kale told me that since the Kisoro meeting with you did not happen’ he wanted me to meet you at another time. He told me to tell you that my friends in Luzira had confessed in me that the leaders of their rebel group were NRM leaders in the army and in the party and that also Besigye had carried the other army generals to meet to the Kabaka at his palace in Banda where Kabaka had given his blessing. He also told Muganda me that since the inmates refused to confess, my story would be enough. I am a Your Excellency. I cannot speak about the Kabaka like that.

Your Excellence I decided then that i was going to go in hiding. This man was using your name and I did not feel safe. To know Kale is doing a bad thing, he said he would travel with Ingrid Turinawe our chairperson of FDC women’s League to Norway. From Norway he wanted to buy a confession from a man called Frank Atukunda who is a political refugee in Norway. But when I asked Ssebina why Norway, he told me, Kale was going to Rome for an International police conference. Ssebina told me that I should not talk’ nobody knew he was going to Norway and everyone thinks he will be in Rome. Kale would fly to Thailand to meet you and hand over the confessions he gets in Norway himself.

After this, I got scared and decided to go hide in the village for some time. My conscience was not clear so I asked my relatives and some party members what to do. I was advised to run away from Ssebina and Kale because they are dangerous and powerful. Can you imagine Your Excellence, that Ssebina is so powerful that even Kayihura took him to address the police council? Also Ssebina moves with 5 guns in his car.

Your Excellency, I have written to you because I fear for my life. These people are using your name’ I am also seeking audience to tell you more. The recent problems in Kampala must be the work of IGP Kayihura and Ssebina and their people to justify the existence of the rebel group’ I say this because I have heard Ssebina boasting that these killings are being done by a unit in police headed by a man called Nixon.”

Bayera Gacumba

This work of fiction by very evil and malicious persons. I have never met, talked to Dembe Catherine, let alone what is being alleged here. The alleged meetings, and conversations simply did not happen. Preliminary investigations clear show that the letter itself is fictitious. I did not realize how evil, diabolical some human beings can be! No wonder, they crucified Jesus, and this weekend have no shame celebrating his resurrection.


Dear Museveni and Kale Kayihura, I only fear God- Nuwagaba Vincent

A child shot by the police during the riots in Masaka . She died 2 hours later

A child shot by the police during the riots in Masaka . She died 2 hours later

Vincent Nuwagaba

Dear Museveni and Kale Kayihura, I only fear God

“But as for me, behold, I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you. Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the LORD sent me to you to speak these words in your ears” Jeremiah 26:14 -15.

Since 10th April 2008, I have gone through untold torture, dehumanization, traumatisation, deprivation of my money and property and so many ugly scenarios. In June 2008, I almost had a rendezvous with my creator. To be specific, from 27th to 30th June 2008, I was almost dead. All because I use my tongue and my pen to condemn the grave injustice to which Ugandans are subjected by a group of people who purportedly spent five years in the bush fighting to liberate us.

As a matter of fact, majority of the bush war fighters were pursuing self-aggrandisement and self-liberation. Indeed, twenty seven years in power, they claim they are still liberating us even when it is vividly clear that all well-meaning Ugandans yearn to be liberated from the “liberators”.

On 10th April 2008, I had a complaint which I wanted to lodge with the Inspector General of Police Gen Edward Kale Kayihura. I guess he alerted the police men at the gate to torment me because as soon as I reached the entrance, the wretched policemen gave me hell. I straight away went to Human Rights Network (HURINET) and shared what I had gone through with HURINET’s national coordinator Mr. Muhammed Ndifuna. The following day on April 11, 2008, I was arrested and taken to Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) where I spent five days being subjected to all sorts of torture under the command of the then OC station Mr. Johnson Bahimbise. They secluded me from other inmates and locked me into a cell from where they poured too much water on me. From this first cell, I would get into contact with people outside and talk to them. One of the policemen who incidentally happened to be my old boy helped me to call Professor John-Jean Barya. When Professor Barya came to see me, he was audaciously blocked from seeing me.

They took me to another cell from which I wouldn’t communicate to anybody. What I did, I stubbornly got a mug and drew water from a sink and poured it onto the policemen who had come for the morning parade and left me into the torture cell. Later they removed me and pushed me into another tiny cell whose floor was littered with human excreta. When I stepped there, it was too painful as the floor was acidic. Meanwhile the police were inducing some inmates to pour cold water on me. As a blessing in disguise, the water they poured on me diluted the acid on the floor. At one time, my voice was broken and I only prayed to God that if I was to die I go into Abraham’s bosom.

After five days in the cells without eating or drinking anything, I saw my brothers Thomas Tayebwa and Bruce Balaba Kabaasa. I broke into tears as soon as I saw them. In the morning, when they came for me they were shamelessly told that if they couldn’t allow that I be taken to Butabika Mental Hospital, they wouldn’t release me. Tayebwa and Kabaasa were left with no choice. So they escorted me with the Police to Butabika Mental Hospital. I thought that if explained my ordeal to the Butabika people, they would understand. Little did I know that the police had already connived with them to conclude what the police had failed to achieve: to kill me using drugs. I remember when Bruce and Tayebwa were asked why I talk so fast and a lot, Bruce said, “Vincent talks a lot but he talks sense through and through”.

I spent nine days in the hospital at first and I got a leave to submit Manchester University scholarship forms to Kulika Charitable Trust. These forms had been brought to me by friends – Albert Ajuna and Alex Tusiime who found me in a terrible state in the hospital wherein I was subjected to pharmacological torture. When I left I never went back but resumed what I was doing – namely, advocating for justice. In mid May, I was arrested as I was going for a meeting at Uganda Christian University. I was taken to Jinja Road Police Station, deprived of money and assaulted. When I reached Jinja Road I was told to go to the Police surgeon for a medical report. Because I had alerted many people including the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) which sent two lawyers and some friends within the NRM, I was not detained. I was to be told by the DPC that “Nuwagaba, you can go when we need you we shall call you”. I was to learn that a friend who was working with statehouse is the one who called and ordered that they don’t detain me.

After that incident I was hosted on Radio West to represent the legal officer of the Democratic Party. On the programme I decried the incompetence, the mediocrity, the injustice and all social ills that characterized the NRM government including but not limited to deliberate refusal to stock health centres with drugs, neglect of government aided schools, granting of jobs on patronage basis, grand theft euphemistically referred to as corruption, among others. When I reached Kampala on May 28, I went to CPS to formally lodge a complaint about my money and property that were stolen as they arrested me. I was grabbed, beaten terribly and dumped into the dungeon. The following day, Alice Muwanguzi, the then RDC of Kampala found me in the cells. I told her what I had gone through and I said I was not ready to tolerate that nonsense.

Ms Muwanguzi told me, “Nuwagaba, let me go and order for your release”. Around twenty minutes later, I was called only to be dumped on the Police Patrol vehicle and dumped in Butabika. I was in Butabika from May 29 to June 24. I developed scales akin to those of tilapia fish, I developed goose bumps/pimples, I got swollen and I became really pathetic. After realizing that the mission to annihilate me with drugs had been accomplished, I was discharged on the 24 June two days to the UN day in support of torture victims.

On 26 June, I was covered in the ACTV documentary and my interview was later broadcast on WBS TV. People who watched it were shocked that the NRM behaves this way. On June 27, I woke up in a very worrying situation and went direct home in Bushenyi. I was later to heal from Ishaka Adventist Hospital where they treated the effects of the drugs I had been subjected to. From that time, I went on bed rest until October.

In 2009, I sued the Attorney General and Dr Tom Onen who had been used to subject me to pharmacological torture under civil suit 92/2009. The case was cause listed in May. However, my lawyer, Robert Kafuko Ntuyo kept telling me this and that.
After suing the government and Dr Onen, I further discovered many other glaring cases of people who were tormented by the police and later dumped in Butabika. I discovered a case of Gaudence Tushabomwe who was fleeced of her money exceeding Sh 25 million by an organization that reportedly had links with members of the first family. She was later dumped in CPS cells where spent many days and thereafter dumped in Butabika.

Dr David Basangwa wrote to the Jinja Road Police Divisional Police Commander asking him to restrain me from going to Butabika Hospital. I was declared persona non grata on the grounds that I sued the Hospital. The Jinja Road Police DPC acknowledged receipt of the letter and noted thus, “correspondence received. OC Butabika please take note and liaise with the Hospital Management.

I was beaten several times as I tried to document Gaudence Tushabomwe’s case. The hospital management would call virtually all the high ranking police officers to get me out of the hospital. Shamelessly, today, the police will pick me from anywhere I am exercising my rights and dump me into Butabika. On one occasion when I was beaten from Butabika, I wrote an open letter to Barack Obama and Ban Ki Moon. When the so-called experts at Butabika read it, they told the police officers that I am a genius, that I have overflowing brains and that that’s what disturbs me. My question to Butabika personnel is, “if God gave me unlimited brains for which I thank him, have you found it problematic that you have to diminish my brains using drugs?”

The nakedness of the lawyers and the courts
On 17th August I was arrested from Makerere University, beaten terribly and dumped in Wandegeya Police cells. Both the lows and highs of this country including UN experts pleaded with the then OC CID Rebecca Namugenyi to release me on police bond but she refused. I later learnt that she had received a call from the IGP Gen Kayihura who questioned her why I was allowed to make phone calls when I was under arrest. I had called Gen Kayihura himself, AIGP Julius Sharita, AIGP Asan Kasingye, CP Sam Kyomukama, CP John Ndungunse, among others.
A day later lecturers from Makerere Dr Yasin Olum and Bwire Lumumba found me at Wandegeya. I was swollen like I had been stung by a swam of bees. They pleaded with Ms Namugenyi for my release on police bond she refused. On 19, August the FHRI sent one of its staff members, Rashid Bunya. The police said they would only release me after subjecting me to drugs. They took me to Nsambya Hospital. I refused the drugs that were to be administered under the police orders and I told Rashid that I wanted to see Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana. I went and found the Deputy Director Sheila Muwanga who told the police that it was my right to refuse medication that they wanted to subject me to.

I was taken back to the police and at 2pm dumped in the police vehicle as if I was a terrorist. I was taken to KCC court before Grade II magistrate James Wambaya, remanded to Murchison Bay prison Luzira. I was to be given bail after magistrate James Wambaya had solicited a bribe of Sh 350,000 (three hundred and fifty thousand) from my friends who sadly used my own money to bribe that shark.

To my dismay, by the time I came out on bail I found that my case civil suit 92/2009 had been dismissed on August 28, 2009 without my knowledge, purportedly without my lawyer’s knowledge. Yet my lawyer had always been telling me the courts are on recess that’s why my case had not been heard. When I called my lawyer to inform him of what I had found out, he sounded rude and I got convinced that he had his palm oiled.

I would like to as that the high court gives me the ruling for my case otherwise, I will take on whoever dismissed my case. I would also like to ask my lawyer Mr. Robert Kafuuko Ntuyo to refund all the money that I gave him for to me, there is no work that he did. Short of that I will drag him to the Law Council and the Uganda Law Society, a professional body to which he belongs.

I would also wish to ask magistrate James Wambaya who without any sense of shame convicted me irregularly without a ruling, without a judgement and on some counts without me appearing in the dock for plea taking to immediately resign and apologise to me.

I appeal to Gen Kale Kayihura, AIGP Kawesi to desist from using institutions funded by taxpayers’ money to torture a person who does what very many others have feared to do. It is my and everyone’s patriotic call to condemn injustice. Like Martin Luther King Jr said “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.

As a matter of fact, I have been dumped in police cells several times; I have been dumped in mental hospitals several times and I have been dragged to the courts of law and prisons several times. The question that should be asked is: what crime do I commit? Why is the regime scared of me? Why can’t I get peace? The truth of the matter is, I am intrepid, I am immune to fear. At least, I only fear God.

The writer is a human rights defender

Omar Kalinge’s Statement on the Police Search for Weapens in his car on Katonga Road, Lower Nakasero


Kampala August 15, 2012

Omar Dawood Kalinge-Nnyago

Cell: +256 703 851 851 Email:

On Tuesday August 14th 2012, at 7.46 pm, as I drove from an Iftar Dinner (Breaking the fast) for Muslims at the Inter Party Cooperation (IPC) offices at 6, Katonga Road, Lower Nakasero, Kampala, where one of my offices is situated, I was intercepted by a fleet of five Police Patrols vehicles and three unmarked civilian cars with armed un-uniformed occupants. They were under the command of one officer Ruhweza, whom I suppose is the DPC at Kampala Central Police Station. He knows me very well and I know him too. There was also another yellow taxi occupied by suspicious ‘security personnel’ in plain clothes.

In the car, a double cabin Toyota Hilux pickup was part of my family. At the back of the car prayer mats that had been used during the Iftar dinner and Evening Prayer, (Maghrib) and empty pails that had carried the juice for the guests.

Ruhweza asked me to follow him to the Central Police Station, CPS, to have my car searched for illegal weapons. I asked him whether he had the authority to do so. He replied that he was a police officer in uniform who was carrying out lawful orders. I inquired about the un-uniformed armed men that were surrounding me. He said I needed not to worry about them. Some of the faces of the armed men in plain clothes were well known to me from the kiboko squad days. By this time a crowd was growing around us.

Sensing that this could be an illegal operation, in fact a possible attempt on my life, I, as the Current Chair of the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue, IPOD, and member of the IPOD Security Committee, called Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen Kale Kayihura to ask whether the search had been ordered by him. [IPOD is a dialogue platform with a permanent secretariat for the six political parties represented in Parliament. The parties are Conservative Party, Democratic Party, Forum for Democratic Change, Justice Forum (JEEMA, to which I am the Secretary General/National Coordinator), National Resistance Movement and Uganda Peoples Congress. IPOD is supported by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, NIMD].

Kayihura’s phone was answered by his assistant who asked me what the matter was, because the IGP was in a meeting. I explained to the assistant that I had been intercepted by officer Ruhweza and a large number of policemen in uniform and armed men in civilian clothes. He told me that the IGP would call me back shortly. Since yesterday he has not. I am signing off this written statement at 5.15pm, today Wednesday 15th August, 2012, after giving the Inspector General of Police sufficient benefit of the doubt.

After failing to get Kale Kayihura directly, although I had initially accepted to drive with Ruhweza to the CPS, I changed my mind. All the time the recent shootings of innocent civilians in Kampala were flashing in my short memory. I knew I would be the next item on the news. In the meantime, one zealous police officer had drawn a gun at me, without sufficient cause, but was restrained by Officer Ruhweza, an action I must record appreciate.

After a long hustle, we agreed that the vehicle be searched from where we were blocked, at the end of Katonga Road, towards Fairway Hotel. In the meantime, a crowd was growing and traffic had come to a standstill along Katonga Road. The un-uniformed armed men kept on threatening my family which had by now been ordered out of the vehicle despite my protestation. I objected to simultaneous search of the vehicle, as past experience has shown that it is possible for a corrupt police officer to plant evidence if keen attention is not paid. We locked the Cabin of the car to isolate it.

The search began with the open pickup end – the prayer mats and food utensils were thrown disrespectfully on the tarmac and trampled upon by the errant police officers. After the search, the police ordered my family to load the items. My wife refused and asked my children – my eldest daughter, Fatmah Omar (nearly 16), and two of my sons (twin brothers), Ahmad Qassim Omar (nearly 15), Bashir Omar Omar (nearly 15) and dependants – Abdul Wahab (10) and Qassim Masembe (7) not to do so.

A police officer threatened to beat her up and a scuffle ensued – she was physically assaulted but another sober officer restrained the errant officer who was asked to step aside “… and leave the lady alone”. The police officers reloaded the items.

The second sector that was searched was the cabin itself. The third and last sector that was checked was the bonnet (where the engine is housed). All the searches yielded nothing. Without apology, or any sense of remorse, officer Ruhweza commanded his troops to drive off. On my way home I was trailed by several security cars, a yellow taxi (cab) and several men on boda bodas (motorcycles). Another suspicious grey Totoya Premio car with tinted windscreens and disfigured number plates was found parked in-front of my house and has kept passing infront of my gate at regular intervals since yesterday. My family is traumatized and my daughter, Fatmah Omar in particular, has been very affected by this nasty experience. I am making this statement for four reasons.

1. The local and international public ought to know exactly what happened to me and part of my large family, when a search for weapons that yielded nothing was done on my car and the issues surrounding it.

2. I think my life and freedom and the welfare of my family is in danger, since this is the first time in a very long time that a public citizen’s car, who has never been involved in any security breach, has been searched for “weapons”. (Not even Dr. Kizza Besigye’s car has ever been searched for weapons or even Mathias Mpuuga’s the leader of an outlawed activist group, A4C). What was the source of the information that officer Ruhweza acted upon, and what was the motive of the search that the Inspector General of Police IGP, Kale Kayihura has not been able to own up? Incidentally, officer Ruhweza in a telephone conversation with JEEMA President, Counsel Asuman Basalirwa, has denied ever having searched my car!. Police spokesperson Ibn Senkumbi, on the other hand had told a journalist that indeed there was a search that was conducted on my car, but that no arrests were made as nothing was found. There is something fishy here.

3. I believe there the Police intended to intimidate me, my family and the persons who attended the Iftar Dinner that was held yesterday. Iftar dinners have been organized in Uganda before, by different individuals and organisations. In fact, on Monday, August 13th 2012, (the day before this ugly incident) some members of my own family attended an Iftar Dinner at State House, Entebbe, the President’s residence. Nobody searched any one’s car after that dinner. In my car at the time of the search yesterday, there were other invitations extended to me and my spouse to an Iftar Dinner by the American Embassy due tomorrow, August 16, 2012 at a private residence. What is so special about this Iftar Party that was held yesterday at my offices, that would warrant the search of my car for weapons?

4. To demand an official explanation from the Inspector General of Police who knows me very well I suppose, and who had earlier in our meetings at IPOD, provided me with the telephone number I called him on, to which call he has not responded until now.

# Omar Dawood Kalinge-Nnyago


IGP’s statement on Turinawe’s ‘Breast’ Arrest


Let me begin by welcoming you all to this press briefing intended to update the country on the investigation by the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) of the Uganda Police, (supported by the Special Investigations Unit) into the incident of arrest of Ingrid Turinawe in Nansana town, and, in particular, the allegations against the Uganda Police in relation to that incident.

The PSU have completed the investigation, and have presented to me their report which contains their findings and recommendations. At this juncture, let me ask the lead investigator, Commissioner Sam Kyomukama with his team to give you highlights of their investigation.

Uganda Police Force, and, I personally, have faced criticism for the manner in which it responded to this incident. I was, personally, accused of turning a blind eye to improper behavior by a police officer, of refusing to condemn the offending act, and of seeking to minimize the serious nature of the assault on Ingrid Turinawe and the offence to her dignity.

In fact, soon after the incident, we issued a general statement on the incdent, and, since we did not have all the facts, announced that we had set up an investigation. To do more, as some quarters demanded of me, especially to rush to a conclusion basing on one sided and distorted and selective images on NTV, (including the lie that it was a male police officer who violated the privacy of Ingrid Turinawe) would have been presumptuous, improper, and, as it has turned out, unwise,. Indeed, to do so would have been prejudicial to the investigation, and would have done injustice to all the actors involved, as well as to the truth. We refused to be stampeded into joining the chorus of condemnations, and let the joint team of the PSU and SIU, quietly, professionally carry out their task of investigating the incident. Now that we have the facts, I can authoritative and substantively comment.

First and foremost, on behalf of the Uganda Police, as well as on my own behalf, I regret, and apologise for, the action of one of my police officers, Woman Police Constable (W/PC) Irene Alinda, for improperly and unprofessionally handling Ingrid Turinawe. Although the officer is, clearly, remorseful, and is haunted by what she did, she still acted unprofessionally, and out of tune with the standards of the Uganda Police in carrying out arrests or using force. Her action was unnecessary, improper, and unacceptable, and she must be held to ccount. For that we are deeply sorry to Ingrid Turiname, her family, her friends, and indeed, all the womenfolk, and the country at large. This apology is unequivocal, unqualified and sincere. We shall, formally, and in writing, express the same to Ingrid Turinawe, directly, and personally.

This type of behavior has no place in Uganda Police Force. Indeed, notwithstanding some instances of unprofessional misconduct by some officers, as a Force we are not brutal as some propagandists want the country and the world to believe. We have a code of conduct which is part of the Police Act, and which we enforce vigorously, and rigorously. That is why we have the PSU, “the Policeman of the Police”. We emphasize people friendly methods of policing, in particular community policing (building community/police partnerships), as well as observance of human rights. In training, and in our orders, police officers are prepared to ensure that in going about their work, they should be intimate with the people, and respect the human rights of suspects. We emphasize internationally established human rights – compliant principles on use of force, namely, lawfulness, necessity, proportionality, non-discrimination, and accountability.

Secondly, in line with the recommendations of the investigation team, I have ordered that W/PC Alinda Irene be tried before the Police Headquarters Disciplinary Court on charges of Discreditable Conduct and of Behaving in a Cruel, Disgraceful and Indecent Manner, disciplinary offences established under the Police Act (Code of Conduct).

Thirdly, having said the above, however, I wish to make some comments on the incident which led to the confrontation between Ingrid Turinawe and the Police, indeed, which is what led to the incident under investigation.

Some people, political leaders included, seem to consider that they are not obliged to follow lawful instructions of a police officer. In fact, they act and behave as if they are above the law, and that is where problems begin.

In fact, from the findings, on this occasion, Ms Ingrid Turinawe’s driver obeyed the instructions of the Police , and refused Ingrid’s insistence that he ignores the Police. In fact, she took over the wheel of the vehicle precisely because her driver refused to defy the Police. Had she cooperated with the Police, as other political leaders did during the same occasion, the question of her arrest and the subsequent incident in question would not have arisen. Indeed, ngrid Turinawe defied the direction of a police officer who was managing traffic. Not only did she refuse to follow his instructions, she actually continued to drive her vehicle into him. (This is very clear on video footage which by the way NTV conveniently left out.) As my traffic officers are constantly saying, a motor vehicle can be a lethal weapon. Here Ms Turinawe drove into one of my officers repeatedly. In fact, this was a serious assault and it was therefore entirely appropriate that she be arrested.

Again, contrary to the impression created by the deliberately distorted and manipulated images of the NTV, the commander in charge, on the scene, ordered four female officers to make up the arrest team and despite being correctly informed that she was being placed under arrest, Ms Turinawe again defied police and resisted to leave the vehicle. Indeed she struggled with them, grabbing the steering wheel and hitting, and biting the officers.

Therefore, while acknowledging that W/PC Alinda Irene acted unprofessionally, we must not lose sight of the genesis and background to the incident, especially the circumstances surrounding the incident, and who had primary responsibility for its occurrence. Ingrid Turinawe sought to attend an illegal assembly, organized by an Unlawful Society. When this assembly failed to take place she refused to comply with the lawful instructions of a police officer performing traffic management duties. She used a motor vehicle to physically strike a police officer repeatedly. When informed that she was to be detained she resisted arrest. She hit and bit police officers (This is all clear on the video footage.)

These are plain facts. Indeed, while they, absolutely, do not excuse the misconduct of one police officer, these facts are none the less relevant and material. I find it interesting to observe that not one newspaper, TV or radio programme or opposition leader (who were so quick to demand Uganda Police Force take action against the officer who assaulted Ms Turinawe), have, also, called for her to face charges of assault on police officers, or disciplinary action as a political leader. While we hold the Police to high moral, and professional standards, which we should, at the same time, should we not expect our political leaders to hold themselves to equally, or even higher standards?! Ms Turinawe is an aspiring law-maker! I respectfully suggest that she should desist in being a law-breaker.

Police has never denied anyone, (including Ingrid Turinawe) to exercise their rights and freedoms. Indeed, we facilitate , as we should, people to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly, while, at the same time, ensuring safety and security of others and the country. All we demand, as we should, is that such exercise of rights and freedoms is within the Constitution and the law. In fact, it is when we make these demands , as we should, that we clash with individuals, and groups who do not respect the Constitutional mandate of the Uganda Police.

Finally, I wish to assure the country that the Uganda Police Force aspires to maintaining the very highest professional, ethical and behavioral standards, and to respect, uphold rights of individuals and groups. Indeed, we have demonstrated this over and over in spite of propagandists who give the contrary impression,. We have and continue to protect and serve all in Uganda, including, as we should, those who criticize us, insult us , defy us and assault us. Am aware that police officers, in the course of carrying out our work of protecting life and property, ensuring law and order, and preventing and detecting crime, we are forced to deal with people who do not respect the law. However, I expect police officers because of their training to exercise professional restraint and to act in with our standard operationg procedures in managing situations. On April 20th April 2012, at Nansana, one officer failed to meet the required standards, and, consequently, she will be dealt with in the appropriate way – through a trial by a Police Disciplinary Court.

I thank you for listening.

Lt Gen Kale Kayihura
Inspector General of Police

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