IGP dragged court over cancellation of FDC rallies

Opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has dragged the Inspector General of police Kale Kayihura to the High court in Kampala.

The party accuses Kayihura of disrupting their party presidential campaigns.

Through the Buhweju county MP Francis Mwijukye the party seeks a restraining order against the police Chief from further disorganizing and cancelling public rallies scheduled for  their presidential candidates.

Mwijukye contends that  he is the Director campaign task force  for candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat and he is well aware  that  on several occasions the party’s Deputy  secretary General has notified the IGP of the candidate’s  campaign  program , exercises and public rallies.

He notes that despite the notification, police always swings into action to block and disrupt them under the guise of enforcing the public Order Management Act.

The party  however says unless the IGP  and police are restrained ,  continuous   disruptions of their campaigns may lead to more loss of lives, destruction of property and numerous arrests and detentions as the case  in  the districts of Rukungiri, Lira , Gulu and Kampala among others.

Now the party wants court to declare that both Kayihura and the police officers he commands are liable for the loss of lives and violence suffered by the public in the various parts of the country, and they should be compensated.

Story by

Veronica Kayaga

November 14 2017