Uganda’s Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura has dismissed as “false and misleading” media reports that he has launched an investigation into public riots and demonstration since 2005.
On Saturday, The Daily Monitor Carried a story alleging that the IGP ordered a special investigation into all incidents of public riots and demonstration since 2005 to identify the offenders and hold them responsible.
However, in a press statement issued Saturday afternoon, the IGP rubbished the reports saying the “story is false, misleading, and a complete distortion of my internal directive to CID.”
The Police chief added that “There is no new or special probe that I have ordered into riots, as alleged by The Monitor.”
General Kayihura said that the police is simply “completing existing cases, which were opened, but remain unresolved.” adding that the process has nothing to do with the Public Order Management Bill.
The Daily Monitor story came barely a week after parliament had passed the controversial Public Order Management Bill that prohibits public gatherings of more than three people without police permission.
Below is the full press statement;
I have read with concern the story in today’s Saturday Monitor, titled “Kayihura starts probe into riots since 2005.”
The story alleges that I have ordered a special investigation into all incidents of public riots and demonstration since 2005 to identify the offenders and hold them responsible.
This story is false, misleading, and a complete distortion of my internal directive to CID.
There is no new or special probe that I have ordered into riots, as alleged by The Monitor.
What we are doing is completing existing cases, which were opened, but remains unresolved.
The directive I gave is that the old case files should be investigated and completed. If there is no evidence, they should be closed, or if there is evidence, they should be taken to court. Those that are in court should be fast-tracked and disposed off.
This is a routine administrative directive that I normally give, has nothing to do with the recently passed Public Order Management Bill by Parliament.
We are not opening any public hearing as alleged.
Gen. Kale Kayihura
Inspector General of Police