Police has described presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi’s statement on the brutalization of his campaign team as being “devoid of truth; misleading, inciting and calculated to arouse unnecessary anxiety in the public”.
On Thursday, Mbabazi issued a statement accusing state agencies especially police of brutalising the Go Forward Team, harassing, arresting and illegally detaining his supporters.
Police spokesman, Fred Enanga, has also issued a statement refuting the claims that Mbabazi’s supporters have on various occasions been targeted for arrest, assault, “disappearance” and killings.
“It is unfortunate that the statement is made by a Presidential candidate. The most glaring falsehood is the case of the late Ms. Mwebaze, who at the time of her demise had been a candidate for the local council elections in the NRM primaries.”
Enanga says the matter is being investigated and the close relatives updated accordingly.
He also cited Ntungamo clashes saying the case of assault and causing grievous harm was before court and the incidence was widely covered by the media.
“The public needs no assistance in interpreting the horrible images and clips of an offensive, launched by Hon. Amama Mbambazi’s supporters on unsuspecting by standers in the most wanton and barbaric way.”
In Bukedea District, where Mr. Okwii’s house was burnt, a case of arson was registered and investigations revealed that the incidence had nothing to do with politics, the cop explained.
“Likewise there is no known case of assault on James Aogon in Bukedea, just as there is no reported case of assault on Mr. Okello in Lira.”
He said the deliberate “distortion of the facts” in Daniel Oyugi’s case that he reported at Central Police Station [CPS], was unfortunate.
On the 26th, November, 2015, a one Olum Samuel reported a case of a missing person in the names of Oyugi Daniel Haven vide SD/14/26/11/15.
Enanga insists that Oyugi Daniel has never sufficed at CPS at any one time as claimed by the Hon. Amama Mbabazi.
“The police appeals to the general public to shun alarmist statements, but instead keep calm and collected as we head to the advanced stages of the political season.”
As for the three supporters arrested in Kotido for dancing to a Gishu dance [Kadodi], Enanga says the youth chose to disregard the dates, scheduled for the campaign rally of their Presidential candidate and conducted their campaign activities on the eve of his arrival, disrupting business in town with drums and vuvuzelas, in a hostile manner.
“The residents raised their concerns and the youth were arrested and charged with public nuisance, after efforts to calm them to order bore no fruit.”
“Again, those persons whom the Hon. Amama Mbabazi describes as his security detail are only a militia outfit, who were outlawed by the Electoral Commission.”
He said the militia has meted violence against the public and police a number of times and cases have been lodged in court.
“As far as we are concerned, the lawful security detail of Hon. Amama Mbabazi is a squad of officers from the VIP Protection unit, attached to him by the Police as required by the Electoral Commission for every Presidential candidate.”
He said it was “surprising and ridiculous” to allege that the police arrested Christopher Aine and are keeping him, when in fact yesterday 6th January 2016, his lawyers were in Jinja Chief Magistrates Court to oppose the issuance of the warrant of arrest for him, where they assured court that given an extension of time, they would produce him in court.
“The Hon. Amama Mbambazi and his entire TDA/Go Forward team are hereby advised and warned against making such baseless allegations and would better redirect their energy and time spent on tarnishing state agencies to their campaign programmes and activities.”