Crime & Investigation

MPs Want Special Probe Into Omara's Conduct

visit this geneva;”>On the spot is police operations commander for Kampala Metropolitan, link Sam Omara, who according to MPs Reagan Okumu and Odonga Otto, needs to be thoroughly investigated and brought to book for reportedly abusing human rights with impunity.

This call follows reports of highhandeness of the force in handling Erias Lukwago’s lawyer, Abdullah Kiwanuka, during the Lord Mayor’s impeachment recently.

Under the command of James Ruhweza, the Kampala South regional police commander, Omara is blamed for the manhandling, beating up and roughing of Lukwago’s lawyer, Kiwanuka and another councillor as they were dragged out of City Hall on that day.

However, IGP Gen Kale Kale Kayihura provided evidence showing Kiwanuka trying to force his way into City Hall where the meeting was taking place.

Who Is Sam Omara?


Sam Omara was born in Tororo 53 years ago. He resides in Kampala with a family of 13 children and nine grandchildren.

Omara joined the police in 1980 at the rank of constable and has risen through the ranks.

He commands five divisions, taking charge of areas like Old Kampala, Wandegeya, Kawempe, Kasangati, Wakiso, Nsangi, Buloba and Kakiri.

Omar is now popularly known as the tamer of the opposition and a national anti-riot chief.

Recently, he was also in charge of the tightly-guarded Butaleja by-elections, where some politicians were arrested for causing chaos.

Omara rose to fame when he was picked by the IGP, Kale Kayihura, to take the lead in quelling 2011 opposition-led walk-to-work protests.

Omara then became the regional operations commander for Kampala Metropolitan North and had full command of a unit that dealt with Dr Kizza Besigye, the then leader of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change, the initiator of the riots.

His mission is to follow the law, arrest anybody who disturbs the peace in the city and suppress politicians who misuse constitutional rights.

Omala, now at the rank of senior superintendent, sits at Kawempe police station.

He is quoted to have said that “he does not negotiate or discuss directives”.

Parliament Summons Security Generals

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura and Kampala Metropolitan police commander Felix Kaweesi today, Wednesday morning, faced the parliamentary Human Rights Committee as regards the police’s use of excessive force.

The two appeared before a committee chaired by Jovah Kamateeka, attended by MPs who led the inquiry session.

Last week, Gen Kayihura appeared before parliament together with Gen Aronda Nyakairima, the minister of Internal Affairs following concerns pertaining the “misconduct of security agencies” and their bosses in the handling of possible protestors.

According to Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze, Kayihura must produce a list of civilians killed during chaotic political activities.

Aruu County MP Odonga Otto is sceptical because “the committee cannot realise tangible results with NRM MPs in the chair”.

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