Chief Justice Katureebe Tells Police to Spend More on Investigations, Not Riots
Unresolved Murder Cases Dangerous for Uganda
Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has advised the police force to focus more on crime investigations instead of spending more time and resources on quelling riots.
Uganda Police has previously been criticized for trailing opposition politicians in a bid to nip riots in the bud, as criminals give communities sleepless nights.
Speaking in Kampala during a coordination workshop for officials from the Directorate of Public Prosecution and the Police Criminal Investigation Department, Katureebe told the police it was more important to investigate.
“It is important for society that every crime is investigated,” said Katureebe.
“… five unresolved murders could make society go up. And I think we have all seen what is happening; society just gets baffled.”
He added that evidence counted more than arrests in prosecution.
“Yes, we invest in controlling riots and so on but at the end of the day, even to get a successful prosecution, you need evidence that will pin the person you arrest on a riot scene down,” said Katureebe.
Although police makes a number of arrests,most of these cases are difficult to prosecute.
And police figures are telling.
For example although 243,000 cases were reported in 2016, only 60,462 were taken to court. And even, then fewer than 17,470 convictions were made while 32,344 make part of the case backlog.
Last year, some 252,065 cases were reported, 66,626 taken to court, and fewer thab 18,900 convictions made while 36,633 are still n court.