Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] President Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu says President Yoweri Museveni’s regime has started the purging of police officers feared loyal to opposition.
Muntu says, fearful of dissent within the ranks of the national police, the Museveni regime moved swiftly on Friday to arrest twenty police officers accused of facilitating the escape of interim President Kizza Besigye from illegal detention at his home.
The former army commander told press on Saturday that these prosecutions are intended to send a message.
The officers are accused of allowing Besigye to travel to an unknown location for a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, May 11th.
Muntu says concerns about the loyalty of both the police and the army had already been running high in regime circles after members of both services voted overwhelmingly in favour of opposition candidates in February’s national elections.
“With apparent evidence that some officers were now prepared to assist Besigye in acts that Museveni considers treasonous, it seems bolder action was necessary.”
He added: “I am quite surprised Museveni would move forward with these prosecutions.”
Muntu said it is a public acknowledgement of the depth of Museveni’s problem in the security services.
“I guess he has reached the point where he’s willing to lose face in order to send a message to others who may be thinking the same way.”