The judiciary spokesperson Jameson Karemani has justified the maltreatment of celebrated public interest litigant Isaac Ssemakadde who was on Friday chased off the precincts of Buganda Road Magistrates Court by a Counter Terrorism Unit police officer known as Kamuza.
Karemani says the physical appearance and behavior of Ssemakadde does not reflect a learned lawyer and therefore he has to struggle to identify himself to the officers or else endure harassment.
“He has dreadlocks on his head. He looks like a thug and a Marijuana smoker from the ghetto. Away from that, I am told he was making noise as court was proceeding,” Karemani said. “We are investigating his misconduct and he risks withdrawal of legal practice licence. Court is not a drama theatre,” he threatened.
Meanwhile, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says Ssemakadde should file a complaint if he feels his rights were violated other than take to social media to complain and expose their officer.
“Let him make a formal complaint. An investigation can determine whether it was unlawful to eject him, although we are seeing many attacks from him towards the said officer on social media. He can complain at CID headquarters or at the Human Rights Commission headquarters,” he said.
Ssemakadde says Kamuza targeted him for his looks and the fact that he was making appeals online for Besigye sympathizers to raise the UGX 2.5m bail fee set by the presiding chief magistrate Dr. Douglas Singiza.