Ingrid slaps police with Shs500m suit

Sunday February 17 2013

By AGENCIES

Ms Ingrid Turinawe, the chairperson for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Women League, has sued the police for allegedly squeezing her breast while she went to attend a political rally in Nansana, Wakiso District last year.

Those sued by Ms Turinawe include Mr Felix Andrew Kaweesi, the commander Kampala Metropolitan Police and the Attorney General, Mr Peter Nyombi.

Mr Kaweesi has been sued in his capacity as an individual for being the most senior officer on that fateful day of April 20, 2012, who commanded others and squeezed her breasts in the process.

The matter has been filed before the High Court in Kampala through her lawyers, Rwakafuuzi and Co. Advocates.

Breaking it down
In her complaint, the FDC iron lady is demanding for more than Shs560 million in damages, saying the brutal action by the police embarrassed her before many people in Nansana who watched her being harassed, and also her five children and husband.

She further says the rude act by the police was viewed on television stations, and internet among others. Breaking the damages down, she is seeking for Shs300 million as punitive damages and compensation for her vandalised car, Shs200 million as general damages, Shs30 million as breach of her right to liberty and another Shs30 million as punitive damages.

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She is also seeking court directing that the male police officer who continuously pulled and squeezed her breast be brought to court.
She is also further asking court to make orders for the male police officer who seized her arms and legs in an attempt to undress her to be brought to court plus being dismissed from the Force.

This act by the police caused a public outcry with some two women members of Concerned Citizens pressure group, storming CPS half-naked in protest.
According to court records, Ms Turinawe’s woes on that fateful day began when she drove to Nansana Town Council to join other opposition politicians for a rally.

She claims that when she was about to reach the venue for the rally (about a kilometre away), she was approached by a group of about 40 police officers.
She says when she confronted them; they explained to her that she would not be allowed to attend the rally as it was unlawful.

She says in the process of arguing, a male police officer grabbed her in an attempt to forcefully get her out of her car and grabbed her left breast with all bitterness and hostility that he could gather.

Court records further show that another male police officer grabbed her legs and arms in an attempt to undress her. She was finally overpowered and pulled out of her car, bundled on a police van and driven to Kawempe Police Station where she was asked to make a statement.

She was only released after Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago and Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Semujju intervened. Court is yet to summon the Attorney General and Mr Kaweesi.

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