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MPs decry use of excessive force by police

29 January 2015, 20:23 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Members of parliament in Uganda are concerned about police brutality.

This comes after some journalists were beaten up by police commander as they covered the arrest of some rioting unemployed youths recently.

Up to now, two of the journalists are still undergoing treatment in hospital.

By the time those journalists were beaten up, the parliament was already in their recess that ends February 3,2015.

A group of concerned MPs led by Buyaga MP, Barnabas Tinkasimire have said that they will ensure that the first issue to be discussed is police brutality.

He said, ''When we resume sessions, we will start by discussing police brutality against journalists during the arrest of the unemployment youth.''

He said they will summon the minister of internal affairs to explain why the police were very rude and brutal.

''Brutality against the journalists was uncalled for. We are to summon the minister for internal affairs so that he can tell us if we have a national force or a group of thugs masquerading as policemen,'' he said.

Tinkasimire further explained that electoral reforms that are being advocated by the opposition will also to be discussed.

However, the Inspector General of police, Kale Kayihura insisted that Uganda police are a pro-people force although there might be some policemen who misbehave as individuals.

He reasoned that it was unfair for a misdeed of one police officer to be used to judge the whole force.

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