CP Fred Enanga, Press and Public Relations Officer Uganda Police, says that police chief, Kale Kayihura, is not generally witch-hunting Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye as alleged by sections of Ugandans.
In a statement released on Monday, Enanga tries to explain and justify circumstances that led to the arrest of the two politicians last week.
Here is his full explanation:
The media has continued to publish reports from the camp supporting Hon. Amama Mbabazi that are false and aimed at misleading the public.
The Police has been consistent in explaining that nobody is against Hon. Amama Mbabazi’s bid for the presidency as long as this is done within the law.
It is the responsibility of the police for enforce the laws of Uganda as well as maintain peace and security.
While the Constitution grants rights and liberties to be enjoyed by all Ugandan, the manner in which this is done must be in compliance with the law.
Hon. Amama Mbabazi as well as Col. Kiiza Besigye are alleging that the Inspector General of Police in particular and the police in general are partisan.
This is a distortion of the facts. Enforcing the law as it is should not be interpreted as being partisan.
In the case of Hon. Amama Mbabazi it is clear that he is seeking the presidency under the umbrella of the NRM party.
The party has come out to state that Hon. Amama Mbabazi has a right to contest but should contest within the laws and regulations of his party as well as follow the road map that his party’s Electoral Commission has put up.
Concerning retired Col. Kiiza’s meetings that were not allowed to proceed, the police has been engaging with the Party’s officials on this matter.
The meetings did not comply with the provisions of S.5 of the Public Order Management Act and so could not be allowed to proceed.
But more critical is the fact that the purpose of the meetings was not clear. It was an individual member of FDC who gave notice to the Police in respect of one candidate.
An interface with the relevant FDC officials reached a consensus where it was agreed that communication should be made by the chairperson FDC electoral commission explaining the purpose of the meetings and attach the program of activities in respect of the two FDC candidates competing to be the Party’s flag bearer.
Having done this on Friday last week (10th July 2015) the Party has been cleared to proceed with the meetings with effect from the 14th July 2015. We thank the FDC leadership for their compliance with the law.
The police remain committed to enforce law and order, without fear or favour in respect of all the people and calls upon all the uphold the law for the good of our land.