Police Officers Charged With Assaulting Besigye's Supporters Top story

2304 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
Police Constable Moses Wamala, who is attached to Kampala Central Police Station CPS, was particularly charged for beating up supporters of Besigye at Kalerwe market on July 12th on his way to his home shortly after his release from remand from Luzira maximum prison.

Five junior Police officers and a crime preventer accused of clobbering supporters of Dr. Kizza Besigye and members of the public last week have appeared before the Police Disciplinary Court. They are Police constables Osula Kato, Willy Kalyango, Bernard Muhangi, Moses Agaba, Robert Wamala and Dan Tandeka, a Crime Preventer.

The officers appeared this afternoon before the Police Disciplinary Court chaired by Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP), Denis Odongpiny. They were charged with unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority contrary to section 44(1) code 24B of the Police Act and discreditable or irregular conduct contrary to 44(1) code 12 of the same act.

During the hearing, prosecution led by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Catharine Semerirwa told court that on July 13th   four of the suspects exercised unlawful or unnecessary authority when they beat up Besigye's supporters using unnecessary force at the junction between Busabala and Nanjanankumbi along on Entebbe Road. She said the conduct of the suspects discredited the reputation of Uganda Police Force.

Police Constable Moses Wamala, who is attached to Kampala Central Police Station (CPS), was particularly charged for beating up supporters of Besigye at Kalerwe market on July 12th on his way to his home shortly after his release from remand from Luzira maximum prison. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on bond. They are expected to appear before the remanded to before the Police Disciplinary Court on July 25 for the hearing of their case.

However, none of the commanders who were led the operation and were captured on camera were arraigned in court. Some of the commanders captured on video include; Divisional Police Commander (DPC) CPS Aaron Baguma, DPC Wandegeya Moses Nanoka, Regional Police Commander (RPC) Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) South Andrew Kaggwa, RPC KMP East Siraj Bakaleke, Deputy RPC KMP South Geofrey Kahebwa and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) James Ruhweza the KMP Operations commander.

Last week, the Inspector General of Police met with the implicated commanders before holding a hastily convened press conference where he applauded the officers during the public order management operations on 12th and 13th July 2016. He praised the officers on their ability to use baton charges but faulted them for failing in their formation.  However, the operation drew condemnation from legislators across the political divide, civil society activists and members of the public.