Court charges five cops for caning Besigye supporters


Cops appearing before police court today

Five police suspects involved in the beating of opposition leader Kizza Besigye’s supporters have Monday appeared before police court in Kampala.

They were charged with unlawful exercise of authority, and discreditable and irregular conduct.

The suspects are; P.C’s Kalyango Willy, Kato Sula, Muhangi Bennet, Agaba Moses, and a Crime Preventer Tandeka Dan.

P.C Wanjala Robert was charged in the second group for beating up FDC supporters at Kalerwe.

Court later adjourned the trial to July 26, 2016.

A boda boda cyclist Ronald Muhereza last week filed a lawsuit against Uganda Police seeking millions in compensation after he says he was tortured for supporting Besigye.

Muhereza claims he is battling pain accrued from beatings of security personnel in police uniform and civilian clothes.

His lawyers Rwakafuuzi and Company Advocates say the torture constituted a ‘gross violation’ of their client’s human rights and that the Uganda police and Attorney General should be held responsible for the actions of state employees.

Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura said in a press conference police was now resorting to Kiboko squad instead of teargasing citizens.

“The use of teargas, rubber bullets and of course bullets has been eliminated. The only options remaining for the commanders are use of water cannons or baton charge,” Gen Kayihura is quoted telling press.

“Because when you are beaten, you don’t die, but also beating in places that will not cause harm,” he added.

Addressing press in Kampala on Monday, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the force had kicked off investigations of those responsible for the beatings.

Kampala commanders including Assistant Commissioner of Police (ASP) James Ruhweza, are also under investigation.


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