Police says it has intelligence that the former FDC President, Kizza Besigye, is recruiting prostitutes to strip naked whenever police tries to arrest activists in their upcoming demonstrations.
On Tuesday, while arresting FDC Women League leader, Ingrid Turinawe, at Parliament, police was accused of undressing a female activist, Nnalongo Hamida.
The Kampala South regional police commander, Siraje Bakaleke, said the woman intentionally undressed herself to smear police.
The commander of operations, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, now says they have learnt that opposition under their new pressure group “Citizens Reform Now” are employing the “strip naked” tactics to stage new riots.
The plan, according to Kaweesi, is to pay prostitutes so that whenever police tries to arrest protesting activists, the girls go naked and accuse police of sexual assault.
“The aim of the ongoing recruitment is to tarnish the image of the police force as a brutal one,” Kaweesi is quoted by a local radio, KFM, as saying.
He has now instructed all regional police commanders to handle the activists thoroughly.
He said the protests are being planned by Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, who will disguise their violent activities in the pursuit of electoral reforms.
In January 2015, Kaweesi, said political activists were planning to reactivate the “walk to work” demonstrations and warned them against arrest since there is an enabling Public Order Management Law.
Intelligence further indicated this week that the activists were embarking on similar riots to force government accept opposition’s proposed reforms in the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015.
The demonstrations are expected to kick off across the country.
This week, FDC President, Mugisha Muntu, said they were planning to mobilise people and disrupt 2016 elections should government ignore their electoral reforms proposals.
Opposition argues that without electoral reforms, President Yoweri Museveni, has already won the 2016 elections hence no reason for participating.
Gen David Sejusa, a former UPDF coordinator of intelligence services, says opposition should not only boycott but also disrupt the elections.