BY PHOEBE GWANGILO
Police officers and women who step out of line will pay for the damage they inflict on members of the public, property and property.
The Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General amended the Torts (Miscellaneous) Act 1975 to hold rogue officers accountable for their actions.
Speaking at the UPNG’s 67th graduation, Secretary Dr Eric Kwa said it was part of the reforms undertaken by the department to end the responsibilities incurred by civil servants.
The state, which faces legal action from the public harmed by the police, will not pay compensation for the wrongful acts of law enforcement officials.
“Well, we just changed the (Miscellaneous) Torts Act this year and we’ve now changed the law to say that if you are unlawfully, if you yourself are negligent, negligent and have caused trouble to another person, you will be held personally liable. You have to pay,” Dr Kwa said.
“Why would you cause damage to another family, to another person and because you are the officer of the state, the state will pay. With change, you pay,” he said.
“If the damage is K300,000, you pay K300,000 because you caused this problem, so it’s a message to you (graduate police officers) and to your colleagues and to everyone else that the laws have changed. “
“So we have to be careful how we conduct ourselves.”
“So that’s what we’ve done now and hopefully with these new changes we can get some control over the bad behavior of people in the public service.”
“We need to strengthen our processes so that within our department we don’t allow ourselves to be abused.”
He said the issue of state liability is being addressed through this change.
“We have a special group in the department that deals with the police.”
The police face many lawsuits every year. And courts have over the years ordered the state to pay for the actions of rogue police officers.
Dr Kwa said: “A lot of this country’s problems in the civil service come from the police, so we have created a special team to handle all police cases.”