Police have confirmed that one of their own who was captured on video flogging an elderly woman is an Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Sam Okiror and has since passed on. The Uganda Police Force has apologised to the 75-year-old woman, Ms Grace Asio and has given her UGX 500,000/= to buy food stuffs as compensation.
Okiror was attached to Mbale Central Police Station as the Field Force Commander. A video has gone viral showing a police officer purported to be Okiror lashing an elderly woman who was minding her business. The police officer dashes to the elderly woman who is exiting then start lashing her before walking off giggling with fellow officers.
The act has sparked outrage on social media with several demanding actions from Uganda Police against this errant officer.
“@PoliceUg if you identify and publicly punish this Policeman. I will be very happy. Please do it for me. Please show that our Policemen at least respect Senior members of Society,” a tweep lamented. In reply, the Chief Political Commissar of Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Asan Kasingye using his personal Twitter account said the officer will go through the “disciplinary courts of law”