Stop using soldiers to fight internal crime

Herbert Karuhanga

What you need to know:

  • Damaged professionalism. The appointment of Gen Kale Kayihura as Inspector General of Police (2005-2018) damaged the professional capacity of the Force in ways which will have lasting repercussions in Uganda

On July 16, there was an article in the New Vision titled: ‘Deployment of army officers in police good news for Ugandans,’ by Faruk Kirunda, a private secretary to the President in charge of media management. He begins by erroneously asserting that “Sections of the public, elite and “sponsored” groups in Opposition have questioned the logic and motive of President Museveni’s action recently when he appointed senior army officers to police”.
One of the “groups,” which criticised the decision of Mr Museveni’s action, is the Uganda Law Society, to which I belong. The Uganda Law Society was set up by an Act of Parliament, and was acting within its rights to add its voice in opposition of the unnecessary militarisation of a civilian law enforcement function as prescribed by the Constitution of Uganda.


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