Matembe Confronts Police on Suppression of Freedoms

Former legislator and human rights activist Miria Matembe has lashed out at the police for being instruments of brutality instead of building systems to protect the people.

She was speaking during a dialogue on press freedom at Metropole Hotel in Kampala where the police was represented by the Deputy Press and Public Relations, mind http://channelingerik.com/wp-content/plugins/user-submitted-posts/library/core-functions.php SSP Polly Namaye and Commissioner Simon Kuteesa.

Matembe condemned the institution for being unapologetic for the recent inhumane arrest of opposition activist Fatuma Naigaga earlier this month.

“The law demands that the police use commensurate force toward the resistance but officers continue to use too much force on the public. I feel irritated when I see these officers defending the indefensible things, find http://chopcult.com/medyobastos/classifieds/uploads_classified/142000/141866/images/secure.php ” she said.

“The things we see happening in the NRM primaries make it seem like getting power is a do-or-die thing. Our society has been eroded of values. Civil society, cialis 40mg http://cikza.com/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php media and police have all been politicized.”

In her very bitter remarks, she confronted SSP Namaye to explain why her (Matembe) request together with other women to peacefully demonstrate against the Fatuma incident was rejected by police.

“We took a letter to the IGP, Office of the Prime Minister, President’s Office and Ministry of Internal Affairs but Kayihura refused us.  Instead they resorted to playing blame games amongst themselves,” charged the tough activist.

“Where are we as women going to express our anger? Things are not good at all and they must change.”


Responsible journalism

On her part, Namaye urged journalists to be ethical and professional the same way they demand police to be.

She said that police as an institution shouldn’t be demonized in general as a result of individuals who act irresponsibly.

“I am surprised that people complain about police searches in this era where terrorism poses the biggest threat. A search is a search irrespective of where it’s done because some people’s motives can’t be underestimated,” said Namaye.

The officer was critical of journalists who don’t invest time in seeking comments from police and end up publishing unbalanced facts.

Hon. Jack Wamanga Wamai, the MP for Mbale Municipality also castigated the police for being silent about violence by Kakooza Mutale’s Kiboko Squad and criminal acts perpetrated by crime preventers.

“Police used to be trained in Nsambya but now they are trained in Kabamba together with the army. If a government has been in power for 30 years why should you stop citizens from accessing information?” said the legislator.

He attributed police brutality to the lack of individual judgment by police officers since they act on state instruction.

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