Police Denies Using Expired Teargas on Amama Supporters

Prime Minister, price Ruhakana Rugunda has said that academic institutions should be supported for the crucial role they play in research and innovation towards business development.

The premier, about it who officiated at the 20th Annual International Management Conference organized by Makerere University Business School stressed that academic institutions have a responsibility to discover and transmit new knowledge through research to drive development.

The three – day Management Conference which will conclude on Thursday September 10, 2015 is being held under the theme – Harnessing opportunities for business development.

The conference was held in partnership with the University of Malaysia and the Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda.  

Rugunda said business development was vital for economic development today, especially in the face of the growing global challenge of youth unemployment.

He further said there was a related challenge of growing small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and harnessing the potential of the large informal sector.

The premier, who called for the dissemination of the proceedings of the conference to help inform public debate and public policy making said Uganda was actively harnessing opportunities for business development through investing in infrastructure, energy and business finance.
Police have come out to dismiss reports doing rounds on social media that they are using expired teargas on protesters.

A few hours after a full scale clash between supporters of Presidential aspirant Hon Amama Mbabazi and anti-riot police in Soroti town on Wednesday, pills pictures started emerging of used teargas canisters with labeled expiry dates that have passed.


Some of the pictures spreading on social media show that the teargas expired in last July.

When contacted, approved the Police deputy spokesperson Polly Namaye dismissed the reports as unfounded, saying that there was no proof to this.

“No, no, you have to prove first that this is the teargas that was used today. There is a possibility that the pictures could have been taken a long time ago,” Namaye told us on phone.

“What I know is that we are mindful of the materials we use in all our operations. It is not possible that expired teargas can be used by our officers.”

This is the second time this year that allegations of expired teargas are coming in the open. Just last month, while Forum for Democratic Change 2016 Flag bearer was holding consultative meetings in Pader District in Northern Uganda, the same claim came up.

Dr Besigye posted in his official pages, pictures of expired teargas canisters and went on to condemn the practice.

But Police’s Polly Namaye told us the force is careful with its stuff and that it has even got means of disposal of such implements once they have surpassed their longevity.

There is not elaborate evidence that pins more severe impact of inhalation of expired teargas compared to the non-expired one.

Some experts suggest that expired teargas like some chemicals, only reduces in effectiveness, in this particular case, its intensiveness in releasing the gas.

Some experts however contend that expired tear gas may lead to more dangerous health effects–than its non-expired counterpart–for people heavily exposed to it.

Egyptian Police use of expired tear gas in 2011 made international headlines when many protestors turned violently ill after being showered with the projectiles.

Using expired tear gas shells is prohibited under international law.



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