Wednesday June 25 2014

Pupil shooting: Kayihura orders arrest of athletics organisers



The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura, has ordered the arrest of the organisers of the Jinja inter-secondary schools’ athletics’ competition at Bugembe Stadium after a student was shot dead last Friday.

Mr Rashid Ntale, a 13-year-old pupil of Nakanyonyi Primary School, was shot and killed after police fired live ammunition to contain chaos that broke out during the games.

The IGP, who was speaking at Wanyama Road in Bugembe Town Council on Sunday where he went to commiserate with the family of the deceased boy, said the organisers had breached the Public Order Management Act.

The Act makes it incumbent upon the organisers of public functions to notify the police at least three days prior to an activity, to enable the force provide them with security.

Gen Kayihura, who announced that all officers will soon go for refresher course, said he is to dispatch a team from the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) to investigate cases of misconduct on the part of officers in Jinja.

“I am sending my team (Professional Standards Unit) to check on indiscipline on the part of some of our officers. I hear some of them have been asking for money to give people police bonds or medical examination forms,” he said.

The police boss contributed Shs1 million to help with the funeral arrangements and announced the appointment of Assistant Inspector of Police, Mr Francis Musamali, as acting officer in charge of Bugembe Police.