I gave order to beat Besigye fans-police chief tells court


A video footage was yesterday played in police court pinning senior police officers who are accused of beating opposition leader Kizza Besigye supporters.

During the trial, Samuel Bamuzibire, the field force commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police, denied beating civilians before a video was played exposing him.

Fortunate Habyara, commandant of Professional Standards Unit (PSU) played the video footage showing Bamuzibire issuing orders while holding a pistol.

Together with eight officers and a crime preventer, Bamuziibire faces charges of discrediting police’s image and unnecessary exercise of authority.

Bamuzibire then confessed that he gave the orders to have civilians whipped after they started throwing stones at police officers.


Catherine Kushemerirwe, the prosecutor, then asked him to show in the footage where civilians hurled stones at the police but he failed claiming the footage had been edited.

Andrew Kaggwa, KMP South Commander, on the other hand, said Besigye’s procession was not lawful hence there was no way they would have also used unlawful force.

Denis Odongpiny, the court chairman, then asked Kaggwa whether he had a baton during the operation, something he admitted.

Patrick Muhumuza, Katwe Police Station field force operations commander, said he participated in dispersing the crowd but denied beating up Dr Besigye’s supporters.

Other accused persons are; Kenneth Muhangi, Moses Agaba, Sula Kato, Willy Kalyango and Dan Tandeka, a crime preventer was ongoing.

Upon conviction, the officers may be demoted, dismissed or imprisoned in police custody.


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