Relatives of incarcerated senior police officers cry out to Museveni
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on November 2, 2018
Relatives of ten senior police officers, recently arrested by the army over unknown charges and detained at Makindye military barracks, have cried out to President Museveni to intervene in their plight. In June, a number of people including police and military officers were arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military intelligence as the army cast wide the net to catch people involved in various crimes during the 12 year tenure of Gen.Kale Kayihura as the Inspector General of Police. On Thursday, a group of over 20 relatives who included friends, spouses, siblings and other family members told journalists that it is high time the commander in chief of the armed forces who also doubles as the president of Uganda intervened in the plight of the incarcerated family members. “It is now over 140 days since their arrest and detention but have not been produced in any court in Uganda. President Museveni should intervene and save the situation,” said one Geoffrey Bigabwa who introduced himself as a younger bother to Col. Atwooki Ndahura, the former police director in charge of Crime Intelligence. “At least he(Museveni) should ensure they are released on bond pending as they wait to be taken to court.”’ Addressing him as the ‘father of the nation’ the group said President Museveni should not be blinded by the small mistakes the incarcerated senior police officers committed and ignore the service they offered to the country. They said the incarcerated police officers served the country diligently and cannot be paid by having their rights violated by detention above the mandatory 48 hours.