Museveni defends police, says Besigye is indisciplined



 President Yoweri Museveni has spoken out on police brutality while closing the eight-day retreat of ministers at Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute.

“We do not support police brutality but we also don’t support indiscipline of political actors like Dr Kizza Besigye,” Museveni said while tackling the topic of police officers who are in court for beating opposition supporters.

Museveni said there are other opposition leaders who are not indisciplined.

“Besigye doesn’t respect the law. It’s wrong to charge these officers in court if they were handling an illegal and violent demonstration.”

He added: “I’m yet to talk to the IGP [Kale Kayihura] to ascertain if the demonstration was illegal but not violent.”

Earlier, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, confirmed that the retreat tackled police brutality.

“Government condemns the extrajudicial behaviour by any government officer.”

Opondo confirmed that during the Kyankwanzi retreat, President Museveni condemned the overbearing behaviour exhibited by some police officers.

“Internal affairs should consider constituting an inquiry into how police handles public disputes, even illegal ones,” he suggested.

Dr Kizza Besigye, on the other hand, says the role of ‘Kayihura police’ is to protect the regime whether criminally or by whatever means.

“A small section, call them an elite group with the police force, is instilling fear in our citizens,” he is quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Kayihura said he has not received any criminal summons to appear in court over police brutality.

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