Emmy Katera, the acting Resident District Commissioner Buhweju, has expressed his support for police kiboko squad that last week whipped Kizza Besigye’s supporters.
Katera is a former deputy RDC for Mbarara district who was in February appointed to replace Buhweju Resident District Commissioner Moses Mwebesa, sacked for attacking a church.
Over the weekend, Besigye hit Mbarara streets on his way to Rukungiri district, attracting a mammoth crowd and heavy police deployment.
Following his appearance in town, a local radio station Glory FM hosted the area security officers headed by the Rwizi spokesperson, Vincent Ssekate, RDC Katera and the former Mbarara Municipality Mayor contestant Agaba Senex, among others.
Speaking on the talkshow, Katera said he was in agreement with police chief Kale Kayihura’s decision to re-introduce kiboko squad instead of teargas.
“I support kiboko squad of which Police has resorted to than teargasing and shooting live bullets on country men,” Katera stressed.
He quickly added:”But I condemn police for beating up innocent people, those who are on their way to work.”
Hours earlier, Mbarara security personnel including army officers from the second Division Makenke Barracks had poured onto the streets in plain clothes clutching huge sticks [kiboko] in anticipation of chaos caused by Besigye’s presence.
Katera said the Public Order Management Bill guides security officials to do their work wisely.
Former mayoral contestant Agaba on the other hand reminded opposition supporters that time for politics was over.
“Let us concentrate on our businesses. We must accept the leadership,” Agaba urged.
The Rwizi Police spokesperson Ssekate advised Mbarara Youth not to be used by politicians who have their other goals.
He told the youth to concentrate on their work.
“Police should not be blamed for anything because our job is to keep peace and order.”
Speaking on the same show, former Rwampala County MP contestant Ahimbisibwe Ongom, accused policemen of going to a local hangout Kainobwisho and drawing lists of people who don’t support NRM and target them for violence.
Meanwhile, Gen Kale Kayihura too had already camped in Mbarara, assembling teargas vehicles in the town, waiting for Besigye.
He was later quoted saying police had not prepared itself for Besigye’s release from Luzira prison where he was detained on treason charges.