Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, on Thursday night complained that Uganda police had detained his driver at one point for more than 25 hours without a lawyer.
“Police arrested my driver and detained him for more than 25 days. He was not allowed to see his family and lawyer,” he was responding to a concern by former Ethics minister, Miria Matembe.
Appearing on NBS “Frontline” programme, Matembe wondered what exactly police was doing while women are being raped and murdered in Nansana and Entebbe municipalities in Wakiso didstrict.
“This whole issue of saying these women being killed are sex workers, I don’t know where it comes from. When you say women being killed are sex workers, people will lose interest in these murders,” Matembe pointed out.
She quoted police chief Kale Kayihura saying ‘we are succeeding’ and noted that while Kayihura might succeed, the families of those murdered women have not succeeded.
She observed that police keep saying they are dealing with organised criminals but asked where the organised government police force is.
“There is a law of 48 hours of detention but you are telling us that you’re ‘picking’ suspects. Women are so scared, they are not sure of their lives. We are so concerned about these murders.”
In response, Opondo said police and law enforcement officers are relatively doing a good job.
“We need state security and regime security- because when the state is able to protect itself, it can protect all of us.”
Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, said police must operate in an organised manner.
“They should take money from buying teargas and invest in the CID department.”
On Thursday, police Entebbe said it had arrested nine people in connection to the murder of women in Entebbe as investigations continue.
Police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye, said they have had nine cases of murder in Nansana and ten murder cases in Katabi, Entebbe.
“We are here to inform Ugandans of the difficulty and what is being done to solve the problem.”