Police sprays women activists with pepper gas

Police has stopped a procession of women activists dressed in gomesi who were marching to parliament.

The activists as announced earlier wanted to petition parliament on the undressing of Zaina Fatuma, an FDC member.

The “brutal force” once again responded by teargasing the women marching in a peaceful demonstration and sprayed others with pepper gas.

Running battles between women activists dressed in gomesi and police in hot pursuit are reported along Katonga road in the capital Kampala.

Some of them have reportedly been arrested.

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The women led by FDC secretary for mobilization and organisation, Ingrid Turinawe, were scheduled to hold a meeting with Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, as regards the shameful treatment subjected to their colleague.

Like Naigaga, Turinawe was herself in 2012 stripped naked and assaulted by police.

One of the cops even went for her boob, grabbed it and squeezed it.

Over the weekend, while arresting FDC members along Masaka-Mbarara high way, police undressed Naigaga in one of those brutal arrests the force is infamous for.

This morning, the same force deployed quickly and blocked FDC women along Katonga road and prevented them from petitioning parliament on police brutality against women.

Chanting “we shall overcome”, the women demanded to know who undressed their colleague especially after police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, labelled Naigaga a “harlot” who undressed herself.

Enanga even said the Director of Public Prosecution [DPP] was studying Naigaga’s file so she can be taken to court and charged with indecent exposure.

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