‘Brutal’ Kampala Police Commanders  Weren’t Punished – Gen. Kayihura

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has dismissed as rumors the talk that the senior police commanders who were accused of brutalizing Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters were punished when they were taken for refresher courses.

Several senior police commanders in the Kampala Metropolitan area were in July sent for refresher courses whereas others were charged by the police court in Naguru following the brutal manner in which they beat Besigye supporters, ed an act.

Speculation started emerging later on that the refresher courses were another form of reprimand for the errant officers.

However, medicine speaking during the official opening of their course at the police command and staff college in Bwebajja, price Kayihura assured them that they were not on punishment, stressing that this was only a routine refresher course.

“There were also rumours that the whole team had been dismissed from the force as a punishment but that is not true,” Gen.Kayihura said. “We brought you here because we recognize your contribution and we wanted to deepen your knowledge.”

The police boss noted that these are some of the efforts by the leadership to ensure its officers get more skills and tactics; adding that training is the lifeline of any force.

Some of the senior commanders undergoing the course at Bwebajja
Some of the senior commanders undergoing the course at Bwebajja

Quoting, Napoleon Bonaparte , Gen.Kayihura said there  are no bad soldiers of  police officers but rather the commanders.

“The problem is leadership and not these juniors. We therefore need to put in place training courses for you in a bid to polish you.”


He said he admires the prisons in terms of managing inmates; a system he said ought to be copied by policemen.

“When you go to prisons, they will salute you and then tell you the number of inmates they have. This is not the case with police stations who can’t tell  you the number of people they have in cells. I want prisons to teach police in this field.”

Over 100 police officers are undergoing senior officers and intermediate   courses at Bwebajja in Wakiso district.

These also include officers from Somalia and South  Sudan police forces.


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