Ndebesa: If police had killed Besigye…


Dr. Ndebesa Mwambutsya

Makerere university political history professor, Mwambutsya Ndebesa and Hon Medard Segona gauge the possibility of what would have happened if police had killed FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, in an alleged Masaka “staged ambush”.

On Saturday, as Besigye and his convoy comprised of FDC politicians headed to Rukungiri for a rally, police abruptly threw tyre shredders in the middle of the convoy causing a crash that damaged several cars.

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu, interpreted the action as an attempted “assassination” on the person of Besigye.

On the same day, several opposition politicians were arrested including Besigye himself.

Police was also accused of undressing FDC secretary for Environment, Fatuma Naigaga, during the brutal arrest.

Appearing on NBS TV on Monday morning, Ndebesa said: “If Besigye had died in that accident, Uganda would have gone into anarchy.”

Speaking on the same show, Segona wondered how a country can be ruled by “backward people like the police chief, Kale Kayihura”.

He said there was a time when Erias Lukwago, the Kampala Lord Mayor, was charged with a traffic offense despite being in the back seat of his car.

“Police went to Kisekka market to stop a riot but instead ended up eating the women’s chicken-which they hadn’t paid for,” Segona recalls.

He said Uganda was divided into the oppressed and the oppressor.

“Junior police officers can’t handle people decently if their superiors that do so are demoted.”

He cited the case of Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was reshuffled and reshuffled until they threw him into the human resource department away from real action.

Ndebesa on the other hand said Uganda is at a stage where it’s not discussing political ethics.

“There should be political ethics because Uganda is in the great lakes region which is prone to violence and genocide.”

The professor pointed out that President Yoweri Museveni is busy campaigning, while the opposition is being clobbered.

He urged for fairness in handling both political sides.

Opposition accuses police of being partisan and serving the interests of the ruling party.


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