Ochola: Ugandans harassing, intimidating, attacking police officers

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Ochola and UPDF chief David Muhoozi

The Inspector General of Police [IGP] Okoth Ochola has accused Ugandans of harassing, intimidating and molesting his officers.

In a release on Friday, Ochola said cases of members of the public openly attacking and disobeying police orders were on the rise.

He said it is such behaviour on the side of civilians that has led to deaths, destruction of property and bodily injuries.

“You are further reminded and cautioned that there are set, clear and adequate laws, guidelines, ethics, principles and orders that govern and deal with public order management, security operations, arrest, use of force, proclamations, crime scene preservation, observance of human rights and professional conduct that all members of the public including media and the security officers must adhere to,” Ochola wrote.

He also cautioned police officers against use of excessive force and violation of human rights.

His remarks come after the brutal arrest and repeated beating of MPs Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake at Entebbe airport.

Security forces once again beat journalists after they had promised to punish those who terrorised members of the press before.

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