It is no secret that the Uganda Police Force has on a number of occasions been in the spotlight for its acts of brutality that many have described as inhumane and degrading.
Reports from various Civil Society Organisations like Chapter Four Uganda have been documented in a bid to sanitize the Police Force and increase awareness about human rights amongst Officers serving in Uganda’s Police Force but all this seems to be landing on deaf ears as Police Brutality has persisted, a situation that has become increasingly worrying.
Well, news reaching our desk indicates that Lady Justice Lydia Mugambe of the Civil Division has embarked on a voyage to end such brutality by our security agencies in one of latest rulings where she granted former WBS journalist Mr. Andrew Lwanga 268M worth damages for the injuries and psychological harm he suffered after being assaulted by the former Old Kampala District Police Commander Joram Mwesigye while he was covering a demonstration by the unemployed youths along Namirembe Road on 12th January, 2015.
In 2017, Police Commander Joram Mwesigye was charged and convicted of assault and occasioning actual bodily harm. As part of his sentence, he was ordered to pay 5M to the complainant. However, the complainant found this insufficient and laughable hence the suit before the High Court presided over by Justice Lydia Mugambe. In her ruling, Justice Lydia held that the actions of Police Commander Joram Mwesigye and all officers involved were in gross violation of the complainant’s human rights as they occasioned permanent neurological damages that would forever affect his ability to work effectively again hence the 268M award.
The learned Justice further ordered that a special investigation be launched in regards to holding the other officers involved accountable.