Government release statement on Dr Kizza Besigye Kifeffe brutal arrest, he deserved it
Uganda on Besigye brutal arrest. A few weeks ago, Police violently arrested Dr Kizza Besigye Kifeffe after breaking the windscreen of his car on his way to Namboole Stadium where he was meant to attend FDC anniversary celebrations arranged by FDC leaders, around Kireka-Banda along Jinja Road.
Before arresting him, the Police Mambas and Patrols who intercepted his day’s activity, fired a lot of tear gas inside Besigye’s car and water cannons at him while on top of his Toyota Land cruiser.
And then after his brutal arrest, Besigye was driven to Nagalama Police Station where he was remanded for a few hours. According to Police, Besigye and his supporters paid a deaf ear to their orders, only to cause inconveniences’ to other people’s businesses.
Now defending the matter, government through the State Minister for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania said that the Police brutality towards the opposition strongman, People’s Government leader, the four-time presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye were inevitable.
Kania addressing Parliament on the matter, said that after Police received the letter from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Spokesperson, Hon Ssemujju Nganda about their planned event, AIGP, Asuman Mugyenyi requested them to provide proof of permission from Namboole Stadium Management, and also advised them to hold the seminar indoor, which FDC failed to do.
Kania says FDC as well refused to provide Police with the day’s program copy as Police had requested.
“On November 4, 2019, at 10 am, FDC members led by their leaders, who included Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Ssemujju Nganda and Dr Col. Kizza Besigye forcefully attempted to access the proposed ground (Namboole Stadium parking yard). Upon realising that the premises had been sealed off, the leaders directed their supporters who had gathered and were now numbering about 500 to proceed to their procession, started heading towards Kampala Central Business District,” Minister Kania informed Parliament.Tweet
Kania says FDC leaders instead parked their vehicles in the middle of the road interrupting traffic flow, while their supporters in a group began moving towards Kampala city shouting Twerwaneko.
As a result, Police intercepted their move by firing teargas because the procession was illegal.
“Instead, they parked their vehicles in the middle of the road thereby blocking and paralysing flow of traffic. Police had no choice, but to disperse this defiant crowd; but after making a proclamation, declaring the process illegal,” Kania argued.Tweet
Further, Kania informed Parliament that Police’s violent actions were after Besigye’s refusal to comply with Police orders and negotiations.
“As a result of the standoff created by Col Kizza Besigye’s refusal to heed to any negotiations, rowdy crowds built up. These rowdy crowds started pelting the Police with stones resulting in the injury of three Police officers and damaging of the two vehicles whereas normal traffic flow was disrupted,” Kania said.Tweet
Also, Kania mentioned that after reaching Nakawa Spear Motors junction, Besigye parked his car in the middle of the road interrupting normal traffic flow, which forced Police to use forcefully means as permitted by the constitution of Uganda to cool the situation.
“Police had no choice but to use reasonable force to remove Dr Besigye and other occupants out of the vehicle. This action on the part of the Police is provided for in Section 3 Sub-section 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code Act (Cap 176) and Section 272 (b) of the Police Act (Cap 303),” Kania noted.Tweet
Kania said in this case 56 suspects were arrested and detained at Kiira Road Police Station and charged with inciting violence.
However, Kania said that there’s a growing trend of disrespecting Police officers by civilians’ up to the extent of physically assaulting them while on duty, which is illegal and the Police can do anything given the fact that they are human beings.
“There’s a growing tendency by some members of the public particularly the opposition, to hurl insults at the police while police are doing their legitimate duty. This is unacceptable,” Kania said. “Many people have gone as far as physically assaulting the unlawful Police. Furthermore, the Police are human. They can only take so much.”Tweet
Government statement on the matter comes after Parliament tasked them to provide a statement on the Police brutality exerted on the opposition strongman Besigye.