KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has issued
guidelines on the arrest of suspects and the handling of rowdy
crowds amid complaints over growing misconduct by security
In a letter to the
heads of security agencies made public on Monday, Museveni said
beating, shouting at suspects while arresting them is only
acceptable in extreme cases.
He said a rowdy
crowd should be advised or be restrained if people are trying to
go to an area where they are not supposed to be.
of the public from accessing certain areas can also involve
barriers or ropes,” he said.
In case of dealing
with rioters, security agencies should use water canons,
“I think the use of
water cannons is the best way—it is strong, non-lethal and not
noisy; tear-gas, rubber bullets should be discouraged because
they are noisy and, sometimes, they can affect unconcerned
people,” he said.
Museveni said the
police can also use shields and batons to disperse hostile
The president said
in case the rioters fail to heed police warning, then live
bullets can be used, first firing in the air.
“If the rioters
persist, the police will fire directly at the rioters to protect
the lives and property of the law-abiding citizens or protect
themselves from the rioters,” he said.
“Uganda has been
stable for a long time. It will remain stable. Therefore, nobody
should be allowed to threaten life, property or orderliness in
Uganda,” he added.
shooting at rioters is legally acceptable under certain
followed public concerns over alleged misconduct of security
operatives when dealing with suspects and riots.
recently came into the spotlight after the brutal arrest of a
suspect who was later charged with terrorism but released on
A video clip that
went viral showed security operatives hitting a suspect with gun
butts before he was shoved into a waiting vehicle with forged