The new Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola has lambasted the Director of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in the police for re-arresting a suspect who had just been granted bail by court.
Ochola was appearing before Parliament’s Defence and Internal Affairs Committee on Thursday where he was put on the spot by Kawempe Municipality MP Mubaraka Munyangwa over illegal acts by the police.
Munyagwa said: ‘When you became IGP we expected change, you promised to change the way police works, we expected real change in the way police conducts its affairs. But illegal acts by police have continued under your watch. Recently court granted bail to Dr. Ismail Kalule but the police rearrested him.’
Ochola in response revealed how he had given his CID director an earful when the police re-arrested Kalule from court premises, as he was being processed for release following bail.
Ochola said: ‘I personally called the Director CID and cautioned her. I told her such a thing should never happen again.’
The Director CID, Grace Akullo, who was before the same committee assured the MPs that re-arrests of suspects will not happen again. Akullo said Kalule was being detained at Special Investigations unit at Kireka and will soon be charged in court.
Ochola was also put on the spot over torture of suspects by the police. Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi demanded to know if the Police was still working with criminal gangs like Boda Boda 2010 which was headed by Abdullah Kitatta before he was arrested and remanded at Makindye.
Ochola said any officer accused of torturing a suspect in Uganda will be treated like any other criminal.
He said: “Torture is a criminal act, the first directive I gave to police officers as IGP was that any of them found to be torturing Ugandans would be treated as criminals.
Ochola said the police had established a Hostage Rescue and Negotiations Unit in response to increased cases of abduction and kidnaps.