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Kayihura Used to Arrest My People Over ‘Nonsensical Charges’ – Museveni – theinsider.ug

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Museveni (L) and Gen. Kayihura (R)

President Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni has continued to echo his voice on unnecessary arrests against
the youth.

According to the
issued last week, Museveni noted its high time the police force stoped
arresting Ugandans on Idle and Disorderly charges.

“Since some time
ago, even in the time of Gen. Kale Kayihura, I had had occasion to warn the
Police about the anti-people and colonial practice of the Police arresting our
people, especially the youth, for a nonsensical so-called crime of “idle and
disorderly”.” Museveni.

 Museveni wondered why this should be a crime, “If
I am unemployed and I hang about the park, why should somebody accuse me of the
crime of “hanging” around (okwehugizaaho)? It is the colonialists that feared
the Africans being around that drafted that law. It
should be repealed.”

“All people that
have been arrested on account of this nonsensical crime should be released
immediately and all prosecution discontinued because, in any case, the Police
and the Courts have got more real crimes that they need to deal with (murder,
rape, robbery, embezzlement, etc).” He noted.

Here is the Full
STATEMENT

30th
September, 2019

The Inspector General of
Police

Police Headquarters

KAMPALA

RE: POLICE PERSONNEL
ARRESTING PEOPLE FOR THE CRIME OF “IDLE AND DISORDERLY” 

Since some time ago, even
in the time of Gen. Kale Kayihura, I had had occasion to warn the Police about
the anti-people and colonial practice of the Police arresting our people,
especially the youth, for a nonsensical so called crime of “idle and
disorderly”.  I direct my PPS to check if I did not even put my opposition
in writing apart from talking to Kale about this. Why should this be a crime?
If I am unemployed and I hang about the park, why should somebody accuse me of
the crime of “hanging” around (okwehugizaaho)? It is the colonialists that
feared the Africans being around that drafted that law.  It should be
repealed. I direct the Attorney-General by copy of this letter, to exactly do
that.

In the meantime, I direct
that all people that have been arrested on account of this nonsensical crime,
to be released immediately and all prosecution discontinued because, in any
case, the Police and the Courts have got more real crimes that they need to
deal with (murder, rape, robbery, embezzlement, etc).

Similarly, all the people
that were arrested by the KCCA enforcement personnel in Kampala and are in
prison for failure to pay a fine of Shs.1 million, should be released
immediately but warned that they should not repeat the offence of selling
merchandize on the pavements, ever again.  A repeat offender will have to
face the full force of the law. Why? It is for three reasons.  

First, spreading
merchandize on the pavements and shop verandahs interferes with the pedestrians
who are entitled to use the pavement.  

Secondly, it undermines
the business of the shop operators.  Buyers buy from the batemebeyi (the
hawkers) instead of buying from the shops.  Thirdly, the tax collection
efforts of the government are frustrated because it is difficult to tax the
batembeyi (the hawkers) because they are not registered and what they sell is
not recorded.

These orders must be
carried out immediately. 

Yoweri K. Museveni

P R E S I D E N T

Copy to: H.E. the Vice
President

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister

Rt. Hon. Secretary General
– NRM

Minister of Internal
Affairs

Attorney General











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