OCTOBER 3, 2009:Police: It is Not Policy To Shoot And Kill

Kayihura: It Is Not Our Policy To Shoot And Kill

SOURCE: Monitor

By Ismail Musa Ladu

Since the Kampala riots that left at least 24 people dead and 105 injured, the majority by gunshots, the Police have been shoved into the centre of the debate on its methods of controlling demonstrations.

Inspector General Kale Kayihura faced some of the questions on the popular Kfm Hot Seat show where host Charles Mwanguhya and panelists Bernard Tabaire and Angelo Izama took him on the critical issues. Ismail Musa Ladu listened and captured the proceedings.

Gen. Kayihura did the recent Buganda riots take the security agencies  by surprise?

I would not say we were taken by surprise. We were anticipating that there will be a problem on September 12 when Kabaka Mutebi was to visit Kayunga and certainly we did not expect the violence will erupt when the Katikkiro was stopped. 

So to that extent you could say we were taken unaware, and if you analyse you will see that the standoff was initially between the Banyala cultural trust and the Mengo establishment where all of them were basing themselves on the historical claims to Kayunga.

The Banyala were saying for Kabaka to come, they must first be consulted and the Kabaka’s  side were saying no this is part of our kingdom and we do not need to seek for any permission.

So what the government did (Minister of Internal Affairs) was to move in and solve this problem so that we avoid communal-to-communal violence like what happened in Kenya where the government or the security forces sat back and people killed each other.

When we said  the Kabaka visit should not proceed in the circumstances, both for his own security and the security of the area and to avoid communal violence, the Katikkiro instead of going to meet the Minister of Internal affairs we heard he was going to Kayunga and the police had to stop him.

Why did you not deploy to allow Kabaka proceed with his business and allow those who want to demonstrate go ahead, what would be the problem with that kind of arrangement?

There was a standoff because Mengo have a historical claim as much as the Banyala. There was a resolution I think of the LC5 council in Kayunga which recognises Banyala Cultural Trust in Kayuga. In fact even Mengo recognises one of those who claim to be the leader of Banyala.  

This clearly shows that these people have a legitimate historical claim and so there is a standoff just like what happened in Nakasongola and the government takes a position.

The process was playing out and there was a discussion throughout that week  to solve the problems.  In fact  we were applauded by the diplomatic community that it was better that the government prevented the possibility of community fighting....

For the full interview, please see: http://www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/news/Kayihura_It_is_not_our_policy_to_shoot_and_kill_92262.shtml