Uganda Inspector of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has lauded his officers for beating opposition leader Kizza Besigye’s supporters and keeping the off the roads.
“They prevented them from spilling into the road,” IGP Kayihura told press at police headquarters in Naguru on Thursday while praising officers seen caning opposition supporters.
He accused media of selectively broadcasting footage showing officers beating up people, calling it “media propaganda”.
“The UN Convention allows the use of force in self defence or protection of others faced with the threat of death,” Kayihura explained.
The police chief, however, explained that he has told officers to reduce the use of teargas because it affects even those that are even not involved.
“We [police] are pro-people, we’re not anti-people. We are going to invest more in water cannons and call it tsunami.”
He said those condemning the beating should look at the reasons that caused it.
“However, officers found at fault will be disciplined.”
IGP Kayihura says police will investigate armed plain-clothes officers who usually assault civilians.
“If you are in civilian clothes, you are not to use any weapon.”
Civil society has already condemned police highhandedness while dealing with civilians.
On Thursday, the ruling party Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa lashed at Kayihura over police brutality.