Kayihura, Senior Police Officers Summoned Over Brutality Top story

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The summons of the court, follow criminal proceedings by private lawyers against Gen Kale Kayihura and the senior officers.

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura is summoned by Makindye Chief Magistrates Court to answer to the criminal charges privately instituted against him and seven other senior officers.
The charges are in connection to the recent beating of former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye's supporters.

According to the criminal summons signed off by Chief Magistrate Richard Mafabi, the police chief is wanted before the court on August 10.

"You are hereby commanded by the Uganda government to appear in this court on the 10th day of August 2016 at 10am or soon thereafter as the case can be heard." reads in part the criminal summons against IGP and seven other senior officers.

The other wanted senior officers are; Andrew Kaggwa (Kampala South Regional commander), James Ruhweza (head of operations, Kampala Metropolitan), Samuel Bamuziibire, (Kampala Metropolitan Field Force Unit commander), Patrick Muhumuza, (operations commander of Field Force Unit, Kampala Metropolitan South), Wesley Nganizi, (Regional police commander, Kampala North), Geoffrey Kaheebwa (Deputy Regional Police Commander, Kampala South) and Moses Nanoka (Wandegeya Division police commander).

The summons of the court, follow proceedings instituted by private lawyers against Gen Kayihura and the officers.

Gen. Kayihura and seven others are indicted with the offence of torture contrary to sections 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012.

The private lawyers allege that Gen. Kayihura and his officers, being superior officers of the Uganda Police Force, in various places in and around Kampala, are liable for the acts of torture committed against Joseph Kaddu, Andrew Ssebitosi, Rogers Ddiba and other members of the general public including boda-boda riders and supporters of Dr Besigye.

On July 14, a group of police officers commanded by Kaggwa, surrounded bodaboda riders near Busaabala Road junction off Entebbe Road and ruthlessly clobbered them while they accompanied Dr Besigye who was heading to the FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi.

The proceedings, came barely days after two victims of the same police brutality at Busabala Road junction, filed a civil suit against  Kayihura and the majority of the implicated officers.

The two victims are Ronald Muhereza and Michael Nyesiga, are seeking compensation of 50 million Shillings each for torture, loss of their motorbikes, work and being humiliated.

Last week, some of the officers were paraded before the police court in Naguru, Kampala and charged with use of excessive force in dispersing Dr Besigye's supporters in Najjanankumbi and Kalerwe on different occasions between July 12 and July 13.

However, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told Journalists at a press conference early today that they have not yet received a copy of the summons. 
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