Police action

Rights Trumpet & 2 Ors v AIGP Asan Kasingye & 5 Ors AND Mucunguzi Abel & 9 Ors v Attorney General & 2 Ors (Consolidated Miscellaneous Cause 17 of 2017) [2020] UGHC 42 (15 May 2020);

This was a consolidated application that determined whether there was a violation of several human rights. The applicants alleged that they had been arrested while having a peaceful demonstration. They also claimed that they were tortured and several of their human rights were violated during detention. They therefore sought a declaration that the first respondents’, several named officers of the Ugandan Police Force (UPF), actions were unjust and illegal; an order for the respondents, to pay damages jointly and severally to each of the applicants, and costs of the application.

Nusrati Shaban Hanje and Others v Republic (DC Criminal Appeal No. 111 of 2020) [2020] TZHC 2208; (26 August 2020)

The appellants were charged with four offences under various laws: unlawful assembly, insulting the National Flag, use of offensive conducts conducive to breach of peace and attempting to communicate classified information.

The accused persons were kept in remand custody pending hearing after their bail applications were denied. They appealed to the High Court challenging the certificate to object bail (the certificate). They argued that the DPP acted irregularly for citing a non-existent law in the certificate.

Boniface Mwangi v Inspector General of Police and 5 others (Petition 544 of 2015) [2017] eKLR

This petition challenged the refusal of the 2nd respondent, the Kilimani Police Division, to allow the petitioner and a group of other persons to hold a public march and demonstration to State House Gate. The petitioner argued that this was a violation of his right to assemble, demonstrate, picket and petition under article 37 of the Constitution, and the right to fair administrative action under article 47 of the Constitution. 


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