It is a miracle to have a day in Uganda without the Police Force having to use tear gas. A Government which can only sustain itself in power by use of Police Force surely must have graduated to a Police State. It is unfortunate the level of degeneration, yet our leaders cannot see sense. They assume that as long as one has instruments of power; the army, police, name them then it is okay. But where is the common sense that people's will should prevail to have them governed?
More and more money has to be spent on buying tear gas! Yes, that is Uganda the would be Pearl of Africa!
William Kituuka Kiwanuka
A POLICE STATE DESCRIBED
Police State describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population, especially by means of a police force.
A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive. In the police state, rights are non existent and laws are selectively enforced.
The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force, which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state.