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Police officers were extremely brutal

By Vision Reporter

Added 12th June 2008 03:00 AM

Editor—I am disgusted and disappointed with some police officers who don't respect Members of Parliament. I watched NTV on June 10 and it was clear that some police officers want to unleash the displaced anger on the citizens. In spite of any political inclination, MPs ought to be treated wi

Editor—I am disgusted and disappointed with some police officers who don't respect Members of Parliament. I watched NTV on June 10 and it was clear that some police officers want to unleash the displaced anger on the citizens. In spite of any political inclination, MPs ought to be treated with dignity.

Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Ssempala was assaulted shamelessly!

The police Force needs to be trained in handling high profile people. Instead Nabilah was flogged as if the policemen were on competition! The MP had to struggle to hold her skirt in place because the policemen seemed to be bent on undressing her!

These officers were extremely disrespectful and should be severely dealt with. Whatever she had done, there was absolutely no reason why she or any other woman should have been treated the way she was.

Nabilah was just launching the use of suggestion boxes in Kisekka market—something commendable. What crime did she commit that she should have been humiliated the way she was?

Robertson Kisuule
Muyenga

EDITOR—On June 7, the police arrested a man called Samuel Muyizzi, former UYD secretary-general, according to The Sunday vision of June 8. The footage on WBS TV showed Muyizzi being hurled onto a waiting pick- up truck and immediately a policeman wearing heavy boots stepping on his private parts!

The man screamed at the top of his voice but the policeman was not bothered! The Sunday vision picture of June 8 clearly showed the policeman stepping on Muyizzi’s groin and muyizzi’s mouth wide open.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights observes that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. but in Uganda, it seems to be normal behaviour by the Police and other security agencies.

The last time the traders in Kisekka market rioted, the policemen pounced on an innocent man and woman and kicked them mercilessly and went on to loot the traders’ cooked food.

Police officers in Uganda need to be inducted in humane practices and need to change their attitude about how they treat people.

much as the police have the duty of enforcing law and order, I believe there is a way they can carry out their duty without engaging in criminal behaviour.

Most of the time the damage the Police may inflict on suspects cannot be reversed and there is no amount of compensation that can reverse the harm done!

I call upon the Government and all law-enforcing agencies to take the issue of human rights very seriously.

Francis Ssuubi
Executive Coordinator
Wells of Hope
Kampala

Police officers were extremely brutal

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