UGANDA POLICE WANTS AMENDMENT TO CONSTUTITON TO GIVE THEM MORE THAN 48 HOURS TO INVESTIGATE

KAMPALA-- Uganda's police force has asked Parliament to amend Article 23 (4) of the 1995 Constitution to allow them to hold suspects beyond the current mandatory 48 hours before they are produced in court.

Internal Affairs Minister Mario Obiga Kania said here Monday the proposed amendment would allow the force to carry out proper investigations in terrorism and murder cases. Kania and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martin Ochola, Deputy IGP Mzeeyi Sabiiti, and Assistant IGP Asan Kasingye appeared before Parliament to argue their case.

Article 23 (4) of the 1995 Constitution states that "A person arrested or detained for the purpose of bringing him or her before a court in execution of an order of a court; or upon reasonable suspicion of his or her having committed or being about to commit a criminal offence under the laws of Uganda, shall, if not earlier released, be brought to court as soon as possible but in any case not later than forty-eight hours from the time of his or her arrest".

Police is requesting for the committees' support to cause for an amendment in the 48 hour rule of detention to pave way for serious investigations, Kania said.

According to the Uganda Human Rights Commission, in its most recent 19th annual report, the police have continued to flout the 48-hour rule but Obiga said the police face a number of challenges in enforcing this rule, some of which are not of their own making.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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