13 Wanted Police Officers on The Run

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The prosecutor Catherine Tushemerirwe told court that more officers were summoned to appear before the Professional Standards Unit-PSU in vain.

Thirteen police constables wanted for beating Dr Kizza Besigye's supporters last week are on the run. They are part of the group of police officers who were captured on video beating people who had lined up at Kalerwe along Gayaza road and Makindye along Entebbe Road on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, to cheer Besigye who had just been released from Luzira prison.

Four of the suspects are from Katwe Police station and the rest are from Wandegeya Police station. Seven other officers implicated in the beatings are facing trial in the Police Disciplinary court on charges of with unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority contrary to section 44(1) code 24B of the Police Act and discreditable or irregular conduct contrary to 44(1) code 12 of the same act. 

This morning, prosecution led by Catherine Tushemerirwe played the video recording of the incident in the Police Disciplinary Court chaired by Senior Commissioner of Police, Denis Ondongpiny, which several police officers involved in the beating. As a result, Ondongpiny tasked prosecution to explain why only a few officers were arraigned before the court yet many more people are seen beating up civilians. 

In her defense, the prosecutor Catherine Tushemerirwe told court that more officers were summoned to appear before the Professional Standards Unit-PSU in vain. "We called the others to appear, we even asked their commanders to produce them but they were already on the run," Bamushemereire said.  She also said prosecution had failed to produce evidence against some of the officers, since the video only shows their backs.

Tushemerirwe  said the professional Standards Unit (PSU) has since issued an order for the arrest of the officers on the run so they can be charged. She also said some of the victims had declined to record statements despite being approached by the force. "Given that we cannot force victims to record statements or be witnesses, we shall proceed with the available evidence," Tushemerirwe told court.

NB: We have corrected the Police prosecutor's name to Catherine Tushemerirwe