Kiboko Squad: Law Society Wants Kayihura to Issue New Operation Guidelines

The Uganda Law Society (ULS) has added its voice to the ongoing outrage about uniformed police officers and those civilian attire that were seen this week beating up supporters of Col Dr Kizza Besigye.

ULS is an association that unites up to 2500 lawyers from all around the country.

The body today strongly condemned the acts of the stick-wielding police officers and made a number of demands, more about among them issuance of new guidelines for such police operations.

The Law society called upon the Inspector General of Police General Gen Kale Kayihura together with the Police Council to come up with new protocols “that are more lawful.”

In a statement they issued through their President Francis Gimara, the ULS demanded that Kayihura and the Police Council issue public order management protocols that are lawful, and provide guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable conduct in the management of public order.

The law society also wants government through cabinet to institute a process of establishing a new and independent police complaints board or commission that is capable of holding the police force and other security agencies to account in cases of transgression.

Currently, police’s cases of human rights violations are handled by the Police’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU), which rarely investigates such cases to conclusion.

Indeed yesterday, the police revealed that the officers who were filmed beating up supporters of Dr Besigye were already being investigated by the unit.


Opposition politicians have since been calling for a march to the Police Headquarters in Naguruto demonstrate their anger.

They also want the implicated police officers held personally accountable.




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