Parliament Commitee Summons IGP over Police Brutality

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The committee has summoned the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura and Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nayakairima to explain the cause for such awful actions against lawyers, MPs and Journalists.

Parliament’s Human Rights Committee summons top police officials to explain scenes that transpired at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on Monday
 
Committee members also pledge to hold accountable individual police officers who participated in acts that tantamount to violation of human rights while events unfolded.
 
The MP’s cited James Ruhweza, a former DPC for Kampala who commanded the officers at the riot and his associate Sam Omara the Kampala North Operations Commander. .
 
Under Ruhweza’s command, Police officers at KCCA blocked Erias Lukwago’s legal team from accessing the city hall where they had gone to deliver a court order stopping his impeachment.

The court injunction secured by Lukwago’s lawyers led by Caleb Alaka and Medard Ssegona was stopping the authority from impeaching the lord mayor, in a vote which Erias Lukwago lost by 29 votes to three.
 
In the process, One of Lukwago’s lawyers Abdallah Kiwanuka was beaten, rolled on the tarmac by security personnel and had his cloths tattered before being bundled onto a police truck.  
 
MP Jovah Kamateeka, the Human Rights Committee Chairperson condemns the level of brutality exhibited by the police on the day. She adds that the committee has summoned the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura and the Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nayakairima to explain the cause for such awful actions against lawyers, MPs and Journalists.
 
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Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze says all individuals who tarnish the image of the police should be held accountable for the inhuman and degrading treatment they subject to citizens of Uganda.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.