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Uganda: Police Chief Summoned Over Besigye's Supporters Beatings

Picture: The Observer

Stick-wielding policemen push back individuals close to Besigye’s automotive.

MPs have summoned police chief Gen Kale Kayihura in the wake of remaining week’s beatings of FDC supporters in Kampala By Way Of police.

Kayihura is to look earlier than the Parliamentary committee on defence and interior affairs as soon as that you can think of. Fantastically, the committee is chaired By Means Of Mityana Lady MP Judith Nabakooba, a former police spokesperson and subordinate of Kayihura.

At its inaugural meeting closed to journalists, the committee resolved to name the police boss to explain why the pressure has resorted to caning individuals.

“The committee resolved to delay the entire other activities until Kayihura appears and explains his position within the beatings. The committee desires him [Kayihura] to provide an explanation for if he was once commonplace on the time he defended the police brutality [at a press conference last Thursday]. How could he Talk like that and the way did he fail to see the list of those officers defending themselves in court docket,” Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa told The Observer on Tuesday.

Conversing all the way through a hastily-convened press convention remaining week, Gen Kale Kayihura defended the floggings. He stated police had opted for batons and water cannons as tools of option for dispersing demonstrators as a substitute of tear fuel, reside and rubber bullets.

However in the identical vein the police chief also castigated his senior commanders and ordered an investigation into the habits of five of them. He was angry that the officers allowed their junior officers free rein to beat up individuals who came out in big numbers to peer or cheer former FDC presidential candidate Besigye closing Tuesday and Wednesday.

The commanders underneath investigation are throughout the Kampala Metropolitan house, which covers Mukono, Entebbe, Wakiso and Kampala. The commanders under scrutiny appeared alongside Kayihura all the way through the July 14 press conference at Naguru.

However when it got here to court, best lowly-ranked officers were arraigned and charged on Monday.

In Keeping With Munyagwa, some MPs puzzled the impartiality of the committee chair Nabakooba due to the fact that she is a former police officer. He, on the other hand, mentioned Nabakooba promised to be impartial.

The Previous Day, Nabakooba informed journalists at parliament: “I’m Not the primary person from police or army to chair that committee. The mandate of the chairperson may be very clear and the committee can have its powers as spelt out in the parliamentary rules of procedure.”

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