Kayihura Defends Militarisation of Police Top story

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However, Gen Kayihura insist that with an increase of civilians with military background, veterans of different armies, Iraq returnees among other, the police whose duty is to prevent crime and enforce law and order ought to be trained enough to deal with the evolving society.

The Inspector General of Police, Gen KaleKayihura continues to defend what has been described as the militarisation ofthe police force which the opposition and Non-Governmental organisations say isunconstitutional.

Immediately after Gen Kayihura was madehead of the police, the public became aware of the introduction of a militarycourse into the police training.

Militarisation in the Oxford dictionary isdefined as giving the ‘police' a military character or style.

With militarisation, law enforcementbecomes an aggressive army, adopting the weapons and attitudes of thebattlefield for policing internal streets.

Ms Beatrice Anywar, the woman MP KitgumDistrict says, police should change its way of working and drop the aggressivecharacter and use of weapons and tear gas.

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However, Gen Kayihura insist that with anincrease of civilians with military background, veterans of different armies, Iraqreturnees among other, the police whose duty is to prevent crime and enforcelaw and order ought to be trained enough to deal with the evolving society.

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The police act, section 4(1) gives thepolice authority mandate to advice the president and have the police performmilitary services thus making militarisation constitutional.

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In 2011, police was captured on video andin photos brutally arresting opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye. The stateMinister for Internal Affairs, Mr James Baba says the ministry is workingaround the clock to check any police excesses and bad image.

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Following the post colonialism era inUganda which was characterised with soldiers on the street and extra judicialkillings, the population was taught that soldiers in the streets bring conflictand tyranny.

As a result, government has been working tokeep the military out of law enforcement.

Radley Balko, the author of Rise of theWarrior cops; militarisation of America's police force paints a picture of anAmerica where militarisation of police has been effected. He says, ‘over thelast several decades, America's cops have increasingly come to resemble groundtroops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place ofsanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have beenconditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other - an enemy'.