Police probes cops who beat Besigye supporters


Police has written to media houses including NBS television to provide video evidence against officers who beat up Kizza Besigye supporters.

Cops cruising in their infamous van on Tuesday clobbered Besigye’s supporters in Kalerwe as he travelled to his home in Kasangati after being released on bail by High Court.

Other cops also waylaid his fans along Gayaza road and lashed at them with batons and sticks, beating them senseless.

On Wednesday, police once more waylaid Besigye’s supporters at Mulago round about and along Mukwano road, beating them mercilessly.

Police investigates

Police deputy spokesperson, Polly Namaye, said on Wednesday the Uganda Police Professional Standards Unit is investigating the incident involving Police officers.

“Some Police officers are alleged to have assaulted members of the public along the road to Kasangati,” Namaye said.

“The incident came to light through a video linked to NBS TV. The department has written to NBS TV management to avail the video.”

Namaye said the video will enable the investigators identify the officers involved, and evidence of what transpired.

The video will also help the Police to identify some members of the public who were affected in this particular incident.

“We wish to assure the public of our commitment in ensuring safety and peacefulness as we work closely with all Ugandans.”

 “Members of the public affected in this incident are encouraged to make a report to P.S.U at the Head Office in Bukoto.”

Namaye said case file has been opened up under reference PSU GEF 306/2016.

She told Insider on phone that the IGP Kale Kayihura would come up with a statement on the matter.

“At the moment, we need more evidence beyond the video now running on social media. You cant use the video alone in court. It must accompanied by written evidence.”

She said after the investigations, incase the officers are guilty of assault, police will devise a punishment for them.

Namaye, however, warned the public not to engage in acts of defiance when a case on the matter is still ongoing in court.

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