Jinja East legislator Paul Mwiru has threatened to drag the IGP Okoth Ochola and the director of Criminal investigation and intelligence Directorate Grace Akullo to court over what he terms as illegal detention of his supporters.
According t0 Mwiru the duo in collaboration with other police officers have continued to infringe on the rights of his supporters by keeping them in detention beyond the mandatory 48 hours without producing them in court.
This week, police in Jinja in collaboration with other security operatives arrested several FDC supporters and Electoral Commission officials in a wide ranging security crack down.
Among those arrested is the Speaker of Jinja Municipal Council Morrison Bizitu, Joseph Kintu a councillor at Jinja Central Division and DP’s Muhammad Musisi Kibugujju aka Badman.
In addition, 13 Electoral Commission officials were also arrested and are still in detention.
“I secured a court yesterday ordering Police to release Morrison Bizitu and I served the IGP Okoth Ochola, served Grace Akullo, served the police legal department and the OC station Kira road Police station but up to now they are yet to release him,” Mwiru said on Friday.
Mwiru said their continuous detention has prompted him to drag individual police officers to court starting with the IGP Okoth Ochola himself, Director CIID Grace Akullo and other Police Commanders.
“I have sued them as individuals for their actions for failing to abide by the court order and also detaining people past the mandatory 48hours,” he revealed.
This week, the acting RPC Kiira Region Onesmus Mwesigwa told journalists that their operations are premised on the fact that there were people who manipulated the voters register.
“We have evidence that they were involved in ferrying people from different areas to register as voters in Jinja East”. Mwesigwa said.
By Hakim Kanyere