Court Charges Police Boss With Neglect of Duty
By Serestino Tusingwire
Former Wandegeya DPC Moses Nanoka has today been charged with neglect of duty following the incident in which Kizza Besigye’s supporters were beaten last month.
According to state prosecutor, Catherine Kushemerirwe, Nanoka neglected his duty when he failed to restrain his junior officers from beating up civilians who were cheering Dr Besigye at Kalerwe Market on July 12.
“Mr Chairman [Dennis Odongpiny], I would like to amend the charge sheet and include a third count on Mr Nanoka for neglecting his duty as a commander. He did not restrain his officers from beating up civilians at Kalerwe Market,” Kushemerirwe said.
Nanoka, however, pleaded not guilty over the new charge put on him. Neglect of duty is contrary to section 44(1) code 19(A) of the police Act.
He is also charged with unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority contrary to Section 44 (1) Code 24 of the Police Act and discreditable or irregular conduct contrary to Section 44 (1) Code 12 of the Police Act.
Upon conviction, the officer is liable to demotion, dismissal from the force or detention in police custody.
The police court has set September 6, as a day of ruling on whether he has a case to answer or not.
Besides that, Nanoka is to appear in Makindye magistrate’s court alongside seven other officers including IGP Kayihura on 29th this month to answer charges of brutalizing Besigye supporters last month.