While talking to the press, Police spokesperson, Fred Enaga, said all police officers have with immediate effect been tasked to fully comply with the ruling, and stop any arrests for the minor infractions of rogues and vagabonds.
We acknowledge the Constitutional ruling, Police say
The Uganda Police Force has said it acknowledges the Constitutional Court ruling that repealed and decriminalised the petty offence of rogues and vagabonds, from the Penal Code Act, after it was found to be vague, archaic and unconstitutional.
Enanga went on to list a number of acts that are no longer punishable by law. These included: Idle and disorderly acts and rogues and vagabonds acts.
Following the constitutional ruling, the public expects Police to move away from these low-level disorders, that allegedly criminalise poor people and persons of low status, and spend a considerable amount of time to look into other serious and violent crimes.
Enanga said the scrapped cases will help Police free up resources to address other serious crimes.
“Any police officer who will be found dealing in rogue and vagabonds, will face immediate disciplinary action for disobedience of lawful orders. In addition, all local leaders and the community, should also comply with the ruling and desist from acts of vigilantism and mob justice,” he warned.
The Constitutional Court ruling came at the back drop of a series of complaints from a section of the public that Police and other security agencies have been involved in unlawful arrest of people perceived to be political opponents.
The opposition, mostly Robert Kyagulanyi’s National Unity Platform, have cried foul the most saying Government has repeatedly used their security apparatus to harass them.
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