Kampala: The inspector general of police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has said police plans to push for a constitutional amendment to remove the 48 hour confinement that compels police to produce suspects in court within a period of the said hours.
Appearing before Committee on Human to respond to the 19th annual report from the Human Rights Commission that ranked police as the top perpetuates of human rights, IGP said that period is not enough to gather information that can lead to conviction of suspects.
“Due to limited work force and budgetary constraints When released on bond or given a court bail, the suspect can easily interfere with police investigations irrespective of the nature of crime committed” Ochola noted.
Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights however, cautioned police to address escalating number of kidnaps and massive killing of people in the country and subsequent torture of suspects in police cells.
Legislators implored police to go back on drawing board, collaborate with communication companies to man down this catastrophic vice that has led to loss of lives.
“Police electronic counter crime measure like tapping phone is an issue that is not well known, Police has the duty to inform the public and tracking phone numbers used in crime. Police is not diligently doing their work if culprits implicated in the killing of former Assistant Inspector of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi are not yet fully persecuted among other suspects,” Safia Nalule said.
MPs argued that there is excessive force and tear gas against students, business persons, “it is not acceptable and the persons responsible have to be prosecuted, you can’t use a gun to fight a stone” Kaberamaido MP Veronica Isala added.
The chairperson of the committee Safia Nalule revealed that Human Rights committee is thankful over the closure of Nalufenya and hopes there is no any other torture house in the country.
“The Uganda Police Force is in the process of prosecuting police officers who take part in torture, police obey the law but those who do not are prosecuted in police disciplinary committees. Officers are trained and retrained in how to understand and observe the law,”
However, Busiro South MPs Peter Ssematimba said Uganda police force should put in more effort to facelift police’s image towards the general public adding that police is known for torture among other cruel acts.
MPs sought clarity on the status of Kirumira saying police should let him to retire peacefully if he is fed-up of serving nation.