INAUGURATED JTI GOVERNING COUNCIL: Chief Justice Bart Katurebe

Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katurebe has warned some people claiming to be supporters of Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura, who have threatened to demonstrate at the Makindye magistrate’s court in favour of ‘their man’.

It is not clear what action CJ Katurebe will take this time round given that police just looked on last Wednesday as the rowdy mobs sieged court, but his warning comes in the wake of ‘Kayihura’s supporters’ led by a one Abdallah Kitatta vowing to raid the court again should the IGP appear there on August 29, the scheduled day of hearing.

In a related development the Minister of Internal Affairs General Abubaker Jeje Odongo has condemned the siege on the Makindye court where the IGP was supposed to appear but didn’t turn up prompting raging criticism of ‘impunity’ against Kayihura.

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But speaking at the Media Centre earlier today, Gen Odongo said those criticizing the IGP just want to humiliate him.

“People are not criticizing IGP Kale Kayihura because he failed to go to court but they want to just humiliate him,” he told journalists.

General Kayihura is being privately prosecuted alongside seven other senior police officers for police brutality against civilians perceived to be supporters of opposition icon Dr Warren Kizza Besigye on July 12 and 13, following his release on bail from a two-month incarceration in Luzira prison, where he was being held on treason charges.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has since taken over the case that was initiated by a group of 20 lawyers led by Abdallah Kiwanuka, himself a victim of police brutality.

However, the lawyers have expressed discontent with the DPP handling the matter, citing ‘conflict of interest’ and saying the DPP depends on police investigations to pursue criminal matters.