Lumumba tells Archbishop Lwanga to talk to Kayihura over police brutality
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Justine Lumumba has asked Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga to talk to Inspector General of Police General Kale kayihura over what she described as increasing police brutality.
Lumumba told pilgrims who had gathered at Waluleta shrines in Luweero District to unveil St Kizito’s birth place as a religious tourist site on Sunday that the NRM party was surprised by the recent brutal treatment of innocent civilians who were just standing and watching Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Dr Kizza Besigye and his procession.
“The head of Police Force is a Catholic and I think Church leaders need to talk to him on some of these issues. Government has equally responded to ensure that such acts are never repeated.
Lumumba made a personal donation of Shs10 million for the Church project.
On Tuesday and Wednesday last week, police clobbered enthusiastic supporters of Dr Besigye as they cheered and followed him through Kampala. In the Tuesday incident, as Dr Besigye drove from High Court in Kampala to his residence in Kasangati in Wakiso District upon his release on bail, police and other security operatives travelling on police patrol cars used long sticks and electric cables to clobber his supporters. The other incident happened on Wednesday as Dr Besigye drove from Nakawa Chief Magistrates’ Court to FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Kampala. Police trapped his supporters at a narrow junction on Busabala Road and on Entebbe Road at Najjanankumbi.
Last week , the State minister for Internal Affairs, Mr Mario Obiga Kania, whose docket overseas the police, asked the Force to accept public criticism over the latest charges of brutality against citizens and assess themselves.
However, Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura, has since defended the actions of his officers as having been within the standard operating procedures.
He said the Force had replaced use of tear gas with baton charge (use of sticks), and indicated that the beating of Dr Besigye’s supporters was sanctioned by the Force’s top command, claiming they had learnt about their planned violent disruptions.