Deputy Police Inspector General Major General Paul Lokech has threatened to withdraw police officers from anyone who uses them to intimidate and harass members of the public.
Lokech relayed the warning during a security briefing at Kampala Police Headquarters during which press officials in public raised concerns that some government officials and VIPs were using their guards to break the law and arrest people they (VIPs) disagree with are.
“I want to make this very clear. If you are a head of government and you are abusing the security guards we gave you, I have no choice but to withdraw them immediately. Nobody is above the law and never uses the security guards to intimidate other Ugandans, ”said General Lokech.
The warning follows a public outcry that some government officials and VIPs are using their police officers to combat their personal differences in society, a practice that prevailed during the legislature.
Recently General Lokech announced that he had ordered the arrest of guards from the Minister of State for Water Hon Ronald Kibuule for intimidating people during the election “and trying to take control of the law”.
The police commander also ordered the VIPs to immediately stop asking their guards to carry bags and luggage in public, saying, “It is unacceptable and unprofessional. The guards’ job is to provide protection. “
Regarding right of way, Lokech made it clear that not every government official has right of way and should therefore obey traffic rules and stop bothering other road users.
Traffic laws require that those given right of way include the President, Vice President, police and military vehicles, emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines.
“Others do it in violation of the law,” he added.