Assistant Commissioner of Police James Ruhweza last week pinned his junior commander for brutally beating up opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters.
Ruhweza, the Kampala Metropolitan area police operations commander, was the overall commander of the operation of July 12, the day Kizza Besigye was granted bail and released from Luzira prison.
Superintendent of Police Moses Nanoka and his escort Robert Wanzala were captured on video footage beating people who were standing on the roadsides.
According to Ruhweza’s testimony in police court, Nanoka was in the police patrol car that was carrying military police personnel and Field Force Police officers who were seen beating up civilians in Kalerwe, a suburb of Kampala.
Ruhweza personally denied having instructed police officers to beat up supporters of Besigye.
He told the Police disciplinary tribunal on Friday at Naguru chaired by Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP)Denis Odongpiny, that his instructions were to escort Besigye peacefully from High Court to his home in Kasangati.
“Personally I did not see Police officers beating people until I received a call from one of my bosses (Baraza), who had watched the incident on local televisions.
He instructed me to stop them.
I called CPS boss Aaron Baguma who was with them and gave him the same instructions.” he is quoted by New Vision as saying.
He added: “There was no need of using excessive force because the people were peaceful.”
Ruhweza, however, confessed that the sticks which were used to beat Besigye supporters were supplied to police constables by their respective Field Force Unit (FFU) commanders.