Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party president Mugisha Muntu wants police chief Kale Kayihura to resign.
Muntu who accuses the Inspector General of Police of incompetence, was enraged Wednesday when the state failed to produce Kizza Besigye at Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court citing security reasons.
The state prosecutor Lino Anguzi told court presided over by chief magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda that police had information of security threats if Besigye was produced in court.
Anguzi claimed criminal elements had finalised plans to raid the court and sow chaos during the session.
Police reportedly cited lack of personnel to man the court prompting the Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita to seek a trial at Luzira prisons.
FDC accused Chibita of “playing foolish games with Besigye” under the guise of security risks.
“Mr. Mike Chibita’s team and Joshua Byabashaija’s prison team collude to argue that Besigye could not be brought to court because of a security risk against him,” the party said.
The Prosecution prayed that the case be heard in Luzira to reduce security threat upon which the magistrate adjourned the hearing to June 15.
Addressing press outside court, Muntu wondered how police that manages to siege opposition officials’ offices and homes, loiter around the streets of Kampala could fail to secure court premises for a one-day hearing.
He described the excuse as childish and demanded that Kayihura resigns from his office.
“He [Kayihura] has failed to provide security to people and their property as his duties necessitate,” Muntu said.
This is not the first time Kayihura is being asked to resign; other occasions have been on allegations of participating in partisan politics.
In August last year, Ugandans demanded that Kayihura steps aside for playing partisan politics instead of serving as a police officer.
The Ugandan constitution bars serving officers in police and army to participate in active politics, something citizens accuse Kayihura of not abiding to.
The call for his resignation came up when police admitted training crime preventers to boost the force, the same crime preventers that had been cited in partisan politics like the burying of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, in Gulu town.
He was also accused of campaigning for President Yoweri Museveni and mistreating opposition leaders.
A few days ago, Kayihura ordered the cancellation of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s swearing in ceremony claiming he did not have enough force to secure the event.
Muntu further warned that government’s “childish games” could incite the public.