Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#Uganda's @IGPUganda apologizes for @PoliceUg brutality @USAmbUg @EuAmbSchmidt @KagutaMuseveni @BBC @WSJ @VOA @Aljazeera @CBC @SputnikInt

Let me on record to say that I do not trust the Uganda Police Chief IGP Gen. Kalekyezi Kayihura.

I also do not trust President Yoweri Museveni.  This is a work in progress.  Let all of you demand for an independent forensic team to unearth the #Kasese mass graves.  Let you also ask that Museveni allows a forensic team to study the skulls in Luwero.

Ambassador Debrah Malac and EU Ambassafor Kristian Shmidt are in possession of a document that is about 748 pages of which I have a copy.  It was a commission of inquiry into the high profile assassinations during President Gen. Idi Amin and Dr. Milton Obotte.  It was paid for by Museveni.  A report was sent to Washington DC and to Scotland Yard.

I have never shared that report because I am waiting for time but it is in the cloud with a Kill Switch. Even if you kill me, the information will live forevermore.  You will not continue killing my people with impunity.  History will judge you very harshly.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Police chief Kale Kayihura has for the first time publicly apologised over police brutality against civilians after publication of gruesome photos of suspects tortured in custody sparked a political firestorm and wide condemnation.

“I ask people to forgive police for using excessive force sometimes when they execute their duties,” Gen Kayihura said, attributing the abuses to some of the officers not being up to policing task.

This is the Inspector General of Police’s (IGP) first contrite remarks on the reported cruel treatment of people detained in connection with the March 17 assassination of police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver and bodyguard in a Kampala suburb.

The first batch of the suspects limped to court with open wounds and, with blistered palms in the air, pleaded with the presiding magistrate to order their immediate relocation from Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja District, where they said they were tortured, to Luzira Maximum Security Prison.

Weeks after, photographs were published by mainstream media and widely circulated on social media showing Kamwenge Mayor Geoffrey Byamukama crippled at Nakasero Hospital by septic wounds to the knees and ankles, which he said detectives inflicted on him.

Speaking on Sunday at celebrations to mark his re-appointment for a fifth three-year term as police chief, Gen Kayihura told Mbale residents that he had “forgiven” individuals maligning him and the police on social media.

“Let me pray for people who are against Uganda police to turn from hate to love. I have forgiven them,” he said.

Reported torture of suspects at Nalufenya, which the statutory Uganda Human Rights Commission in a report released last week, said involved plucking off of nails, mock executions and administering of electrical shocks on suspects, prompted Parliament to call for a closure of the facility all together.

Gen Kayihura, without directly addressing the Nalufenya situation or alleged recent torture incidents, however, acknowledged that “many mistakes are made by police because they are not well trained”.

“Police should protect the wanainchi (ordinary citizens), but not harass them,” he said, but took no command responsibility for the alleged violations that wayward elements in the Force perpetrate.

The fête at Nauyo Primary School in Mbale, the police chief said, had been organised not by himself as initially reported but by his admirers in political circles and police in the Mt Elgon region.
“What you have done; it’s not a small thing. I am like a born-again now and I thank God. I now know the reason why President Museveni started fighting [against] the bad government of Idi Amin from here,” he said.

His claim received endorsement from Mbale District chairperson Bernard Mujaasi and Mr Brian Mauso, the deputy national chairperson of crime preventers, a paramilitary police affiliate that Gen Kayihura created and superintends.

“I have seen a number of Inspector Generals of Police in Uganda, but Kayihura you are a different IGP; you have made Uganda proud,” Mr Mujaasi said, citing community policing as essential to declining crime in the country.

Police have for three years failed to release nation-wide crime statistics, making it difficult to discern with precision whether crime is on the rise or not. A spate of unexplained killings and burglaries in Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka and other districts have alarmed the population that human security - a key achievement of President Museveni’s government - is waning.

Uganda’s Constitution imposes on police the responsibility to protect life and property.
Speaking at a vigil for the slain police spokesman Kaweesi in March, President Museveni said criminals had infiltrated police and he asked Gen Kayihura to “clean up” the Force.

“Peace and stability should be available in this country. We don’t care about [what] the people [are] talking about you [Kayihura]. For us, we know you as a performer,” Mr Mauso, said.


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