Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has described the Uganda Police Force as a “lawless band of criminals”.
“Calling Uganda’s a ‘Police Force’ would be an insult to other Police in the world,” Besigye said following his arrest on Tuesday and detention at Ntungamo police station.
He said policemen sprayed him with pepper leaving him with chest pains and sore eyes.
“They [police] are lawless band of criminals,” he added.
Addressing press at his home in Kasangati on Wednesday, Besigye said he is glad police had some sense and allowed him to drive through Mbarara town where he made a stop to greet the crowd.
He was heading to Kabale town to attend a court case.
“Things would have gone terribly wrong had police insisted on stopping us from driving through Mbarara. The people there are no jokers.”
At the same press briefing, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago said what police is doing are crimes against humanity.
“They are not saying we committed a particular crime. My heart was almost popping out and they towed us to Ntungamo yesterday. They all seemed happy.”
The two opposition politicians have been arrested several times for disobeying police orders.