A top ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) official has condemned police headed by the Inspector General Kale Kayihura for clobbering supporters of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye.
NRM Chief whip Ruht Nankabirwa on Thursday condemned police brutality saying those responsible should be brought to book.
“When I watched the video clip of police beating up innocent people who just standing on the roadsides, I felt so bad and ashamed. Police actions are wrong and the commanding officers plus those who beat up people must be held accountable,” she said.
According to her, government is not to blame for police brutality but individuals in charge of the force.
“This is not about the NRM regime, it is about the individuals in charge of police who are becoming bad,” she added.
In the wake of the release of the opposition leader Dr Besigye from Luzira Maximum security prison on Tuesday, Ugandans are once again witnessing Police brutality.
There seems to be a departure from the tear gas and violent arrests that dominated past incidents. The new trend is of police officers and men including senior commanders pouncing on Dr Besigye’s supporters and onlookers with electric cables and clubs.
The incidents have attracted wide condemnation, throwing the country into the debate of Police’s professionalism. The force has urged those assaulted to lodge complaints and vowed to bring the errant officers to book.
While addressing his supporters at his home in Kasangati Wakiso District, Besigye condemned the act which he termed as police brutality.
Government spokesperson Mr Ofwono Opondo said the act is orchestrated by police operation commanders who abusing their office.