IGP Ochola Warns Officers Against Excessive Use Of Force, Live Bullets

The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martins Ochola has today issued a strong warning to police officers who use excessive force while querying demonstrations.

The warning from the IGP has been issued as part of the guidelines to officers during the forthcoming elections in the new districts, town councils and municipalities.

In a police message read by the Police Spokesman SSP Emilian Kayima to the press on Monday in Kampala, the IGP ordered all district commanders to pass on his directives to their subordinates immediately.

“Commanders must clearly brief all officers deployed to manage the elections on guidelines for the use of force,” reads part of the statement.

The guidelines according to the police boss include legality, proportionality, non- discrimination and necessity.

Ochola ordered for proper deployment in all districts where elections are going to be conducted and urged police commanders to ensure the force’s viability.

The Police Spokesperson also warned politicians to desist from divisional politics amongst the electorates since it possess a security risk amongst them.

It has been established that the coming elections are to be conducted in 8,386 polling stations among three districts.


Six Members of Parliament and Women Representatives will be elected in six new municipalities.

Other representatives in the new districts will be voted through electoral suffrage and electoral colleges.


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