City lawyer Male Mabirizi has run to court seeking an injunction to nullify President Museveni’s orders through the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to release all suspects who are facing charges of being idle and disorderly.

In his suit, Mabirizi argues that the President and IGP have no powers to stop the police force from enforcing the laws of Uganda. The respondent, in this case, is the Attorney General.

Last week, President Museveni issued a directive to Police ordering the immediate release of suspects arrested on charges of idle and disorderly saying no person should be arrested for this crime.

In a police circular dated October 1, 2019, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola, instructed police officers to fully comply with the Presidential directive to stop arresting people on basis of being idle and disorderly adding that the president also directed that all those already arrested for the crime be released immediately.

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Ochola’s circular read, “I hereby instruct all police officers to fully comply with H.E the president’s directive on the above subject matter.”

The IGP also said that the President had directed that all the people arrested by the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) enforcement personnel in Kampala and are in prison for failure to pay a fine of Shs 1 million to be released immediately but warned not to repeat the offence of selling merchandise on the pavements.

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