Police constable arrested for knocking Besigye supporter


Kaweesi addressing press at Naguru headquarters

Police has arrested its own driver who knocked a supporter of opposition leader Kizza Besigye.

Police Constable, Benon Matsiko, was paraded by the newly appointed police spokesperson Felix Andrew Kaweesi.

Matsiko, attached to Kira Road police station while driving a police patrol van last month knocked a supporter of Besigye and sped away.

Kaweesi who becomes the first senior police officer to serve as PRO cataker, said Matsiko was being presented to the public for accountability.

Addressing media at Police headquarters in Naguru, Kaweesi said the driver’s arrest took long because the video footage provided by NTV was not clear but that police doesn’t tolerate misconduct of its officers.

Police instituted inquiries in response to a video footage that emerged of a police pick-up, appearing to have knocked and brushed Dr Besigye’s supporter to the roadside.

“The alleged victim, who is still unidentified, was maliciously charged and kicked at by another unidentified man with a helmet and in civilian attire, whom many claim to be part of security. The video by a civilian journalist was kept quiet until when it was released yesterday by the media, from a previous public order incident, with traces of alleged police brutality, for which disciplinary court hearings were taking place,” said former Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga.

According to Enanga, the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) reviewed the video and “is trying to identify the victim, the police pick-up, its driver and car commander, which officers will have to be suspended from operational duties, pending outcome of the investigations. It will in addition, use the video to justify evidence of professional misconduct by selected officers undergoing disciplinary court processes.”

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