The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has finally apologised to the public for acts of brutality committed by Uganda police force.
Kayihura made the public apology while speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony in his honour in Mbale on Sunday.
At the event organised by NRM leaders celebrating his reappointment as the Inspector General of Police, Kayihura asked Ugandans to “forgive police” for using “excessive force” during arrests of some individuals.
This was in reference to the brutal arrest and torture of Kamwenge Mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama, who was nearly maimed at Nalufenya police facility.
He is accused of participating in the March 17, 2017 assassination of police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver and bodyguard.
“I ask you to forgive police for using excessive force sometimes when they execute their duties,” Kayihura is quoted as saying.
The police chief said he had already forgiven those who continue to tarnish his name on social media.
He then asked those who hate police to instead love it because he had already forgiven them.
The police chief agreed the force had made many mistakes because some officers are not well trained.
The apology comes at the same time police officers implicated in the torture of suspects are said to have fled the force for fear of arrest by police’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU).
Daily Monitor reports that five from the Flying Squad and four from Special Operations Unit, are on the run after learning their impending arrest and prosecution.
Sgt Ronnie Byenkya, as one of the officers on the run and is being hunted by police to answer to charges of torture.
Sgt Byenkya and ASP Patrick Muramira, ASP Fred Tumuhairwe, Cpl Loma Habib and Constable Ben Odeke are accused of torturing Byamukama in a police van during transit to Nalufenya Police Staton in Jinja.
ASP Tumuhairwe is attached to the Flying Squad, while ASP Muramira is attached to Special Operations Unit.
Save for Byenkya, the other four have been charged, remanded and released on bail from courts of law.