The man who has on several occassions been seen beating up opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters has been identified as Tandeka Rwabwere from Butembererwa, Kenshunga,Kiruhura.
According to reliable sources, Rwabwere is a returnee from Iraq where he served as security guard.
He was, together with police officers seen clobbering Dr Besigye’s supporters following his release from prison on Friday.
The source added that Rwabwere is part of the masked goons whom police hire to beat up supporters of Dr Besigye when the opposition leader appears in Kampala city centre.
In the wake of the release of the opposition leader Dr Besigye from Luzira Maximum security prison on Tuesday, Ugandans are once again witnessing Police brutality.
There seems to be a departure from the tear gas and violent arrests that dominated past incidents. The new trend is of police officers and men including senior commanders pouncing on Dr Besigye’s supporters and onlookers with electric cables and clubs.
The incidents have attracted wide condemnation, throwing the country into the debate of Police’s professionalism. The force has urged those assaulted to lodge complaints and vowed to bring the errant officers to book.
While addressing his supporters at his home in Kasangati Wakiso District, Besigye condemned the act which he termed as police brutality.
Government spokesperson Mr Ofwono Opondo said the act is orchestrated by police operation commanders who abusing their office.
But the Inspector General of police General Kale Kayihura Thursday defended police brutality saying clobbering Dr Besigye’s supporters is way better than using year has on them.