Rule of law and order is not army’s mandate

Police and army fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds that had gathered to welcome NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, in Mayuge District on November 16, 2020. PHOTO/ABUBAKER LUBOWA

What you need to know:

  • The issue: Detentions
  • Our view: These alleged crimes are ordinarily a police matter.
  • Why does the army take over the police role of keeping law and order? Have the police failed and, therefore, called the army to fill the void?

The recent and current abductions or arrests of civilians and their detention in military or undesignated centres raise a query whether the army is not acting partisan. 


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