It was a mixture of pain and joy on Tuesday as Kizza Besigye made his way to Kasangati in Wakiso district.
Besigye who was released on Shs100m bail by High Court and set free from Luzira prison, made it a point to wave at his supporters all the way from the city centre.
Police moved faster and blocked the road at Kalerwe to cut off Besigye’s supporters who had gathered to cheer and wave at him.
Using batons, policemen travelling in their infamous van beat up every supporter who was cheering on the road side.
Day 2 of canes
On Wednesday morning, while Besigye was making his way to Nakawa Chief Magistrates court, police once more waylaid him at Mulago roundabout.
Officers brutally caned his supporters and dispersed them.
After a court session at Nakawa, Besigye used Mukwano road to Najjanankumbi along Entebbe road.
Police once more cornered his supporters along Mukwano road and subjected them to sever beatings.
The officers armed with sticks, batons, teargas canisters and AK47s then swiftly raced to Najjanankumbi and cordoned off FDC head offices.
Besigye accuses police of incompetence
Addressing press, Besigye said Uganda needs to have a people’s police that is servant to the people not the master.
“You cannot have a people’s police and have this.”
He pointed out a one Kaggwa who was caning innocent citizens, wondering how a senior police officer could personally beat up citizens even covered on TV cameras.
“These criminal people in police are the ones that make rules. The majority of those in UPDF and Police cannot support what is going on.”
Besigye said it was surprising that everywhere in police barracks, he won convincingly.
“They too do not like what is going on. We have few people that carry out crimes for the dictator. We must have different institutions.”
He said what the country has now is simply organised crime.
“We want to have the rule of law. These are fundamental things that we want to have in our country. The short and long of this is the ownership of our country. This must change from those few hands to citizens of this country.”
Besigye said inspite of all the resources police deploy and waste, they are utterly incompetent.
“I was able to beat their security and come to town as a show of defiance. This is was to show that they were detaining me for no wrong. They showed the usual brutality and later on detained.”