A copy of a motion seen by URN, Mwiru notes that there has been gross violation of human and people’s rights in civil matters involving UPDF, which should ordinarily be a preserve of the Uganda Police Force as stipulated in Article 212 of the Constitution.
Soldiers respond to orders to disperse Busabala residents after they had blocked the arrest of Bobi Wine
The Jinja East Member
of Parliament, Paul Mwiru is planning to table a motion demanding for an
inquiry into the misconduct of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers
whenever they are deployed in civil matters.
Mwiru says that in the
recent past, there has been an increased intervention of UPDF in civil matters
notably in the regulation of the fishing industry and quelling protests
especially the recent student protest at Makerere University marred by misconduct
A copy of a motion seen by URN, Mwiru notes that
there has been gross violation of human and people’s rights in civil matters
involving UPDF, which should ordinarily be a preserve of the Uganda Police
Force as stipulated in Article 212 of the Constitution.
He says Article 209 of the Constitution mandates
UPDF to preserve and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of
Uganda, cooperate with the civilian Authority in emergency situations and in
cases of natural disasters, but also foster harmony and an understanding
between the Defense Forces and civilians and to engage in productive activities
for the development of Uganda.
“The UPDF act provide for aiding of civil power by the UPDF,
such aid is subjected to the invitation of civil authority and does not in any
way over-ride the constitutional provisions on the protection and promotion of
fundamental and other human rights and freedoms,” he says.
Mwiru now wants Parliament to institute a select committee to
inquire into UPDF involvement in civilian matters with a view of establishing
and apportioning culpability. On several occasions, soldiers have come under the spotlight
for their tough action towards civilians. In the past, soldiers have been
accused of brutality in their fight against illegal fishing activities on
Following the students protest against the implementation of
the 15 percent tuition increment at Makerere University, soldiers were accused
of raiding student rooms and destroyed property.
As a result of the nationwide
condemnation, Brigadier Richard Karemire, the UPDF Spokesperson announced that
the army has picked arrested Capt. Ronald Lubeera who was led the raid.
Appearing before the Education
Committee investigating the matter, the Deputy Army Commander, Wilson Mbadi,
said they only intervened because the situation in the University was getting
out of hand. He also said individuals who act against the law are
not tolerated and would be disciplined.