PUNISHED: The junior police officers who appeared before the police court on accusations of wantonly beating civilians

The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura has directed the Police Professional Standard Unit [PSU] to carry out a thorough investigation on some of its police constables who are suspected of assaulting Besigye supporters and other citizens who were on the road Side.

This happened as Dr. Kizza Besigye was travelling home from the High Court after being granted bail over treason charges.

The police administration court was presided over by SSP Suzan Kasingye, Commissioner Herman Owomugisha and Senior Commissioner, Denis Odong Odongopiny who is the chairperson of the court.

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The government prosecutor was Detective /Senior Superintendent of Police Katherine Kusemererwa who make up a complete institution of the police court.

The suspects; Police Constable, Willy  Kalyango, Police Constable, Sula Kato, Police Constable, Herbert Muhangi,  Police Constable Moses Agaba, Police Constable Robert Wanjala and crime preventer Dan Tandega all had no objection over the constitution of the court.

The case brought against them is under ref; DOR 40/2016, DCR 39/2016. Where the IGP Vs. the suspects/ defaulters. The case of unlawful/ unnecessary conduct read under section 44 subsections 1 code 24B of the police act and degradable or irregular conduct of a police officer.

All the accused pleaded not guilty and even signed for record purpose. Police Constable Wanyala who is said to have committed the offense at Kalerwe Market area while the rest were involved into the viral beating of civilians along Namasole Road, Busabala heading to Najjanankumbi Roads.

This prompted the chairperson SC, Odongopiny to adjourn the case thus set Monday July 25, 2016 as the date of the further hearing of the case as the prosecutor would have prepared her witnesses.

Odongopiny told the suspect that they are free to apply for a police bond for those who have been in custody but since they are before an administrative court, they cannot allowed to have any legal representation.

“The police bond is a right to all people respectively, however,  where are substantial sureties probably including their OCs”. This created some difficulty as each suspect was meant to show his interest for the police bond in person,

PC Willy Kalyango  was not able to use English but rather said  “KUSABA POLICE BOND” the chairperson reacted by reminding the suspect that  the “official language” in court is English and that all police officers are expected to know enough English thus being in position to express oneself using it. However PC Kato Sula decided to try the alien language as he said ‘bring police bond’.

PCs Muhangi, Agaba and Wanjala requested the state to stand in solidity for all of them since they were never accorded enough time. CS Odongopiny told all suspects that the process of granting them bond will be conducted since the prosecutor has not objected it. They should follow the given procedures so as they can benefit from it.

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