The arrest and subsequent prosecution of two top police officers is an indictment on Uganda Police Force, according to Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC.
The Acting Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission, Meddie Mulumba says the arrest of Joel Aguma, the Commandants of the Police Professional Standards Unit and Nixon Agasirwe, the former head of the Special Investigations Unit sufficient for the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kaiyihura to clean the force.
The duo was picked up last week by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI together with Alex Tumukunde and Faisal Katende, both from the Flying Squad Unit and James Magada, an Intelligence Officer.
They appeared before the Uganda People’s Defenses General Court martial on Friday where they were charged with kidnapping and illegally extraditing Lt. Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Rwandan President, Paul Kagame in 2013 and were remanded to Makindye Military Police barracks.
Mutabaazi was staying with his family at Skyline Hotel in Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb where he was picked up and handed over to Rwandan authorities. He was arraigned in court in Rwanda and handed a life sentence. Now, UHRC says it is time for government to clean up Uganda Police Force. The Acting Commission Chairperson, Meddie Mulumba, Commission, says Uganda Police Force has in the past failed to act on the accusations of human rights violations.
“Government must come up clearly and clear the police,” he said. Adding that, “If they come up and say a senior police officer is being charged with kidnap that is very terrible. That is why we say government should come up and clean up the force,” he said. Police has repeatedly appeared in numerous reports as one of the leading human violators in Uganda.
The Commission however faulted the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence for detaining the suspects beyond the mandatory 48-hours. “The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, Internal Security Organisation and police should always carry out thorough investigations before effecting arrests,” he said.