Ruhweza Pins Junior Commander for Beating Besigye supporters Top story

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James Ruhweza blamed the junior officers for the brutality that was captured on video footage and aired by various media houses saying it was not necessary.

Assistant Commissioner of Police James Ruhweza has pinned his junior commander Superintendent of Police Moses Nanoka and his escort Robert Wanzala in the ongoing trial against police officers accused of brutally beating up former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye's supporters.

Ruhweza, who was the overall commander of the operation of July 12, the day Kizza Besigye was granted bail and released from Luzira prison, blamed the junior officers for the brutality that was captured on video footage and aired by various media houses.

Despite his absence in the video evidence adduced before court, Ruhweza placed Nanoka 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.

In his testimony, Ruhweza told the disciplinary court chaired by Senior Commissioner of Police Denis Odongpiny that Nanoka was in charge of the vehicle whose personnel unleashed brutality on the civilians.

"The people who were standing on the road were not armed and we had been able to pass in other places where crowds were on the road. There was no necessity to use all that force," Ruhweza told court.

However, one of the court members Herman Owomugisha put Ruhweza on spot when he asked him why the officers had sticks and whether they had been briefed on what to use the sticks for.

The witness shifted blame to the Field Force Commanders indicating that the sticks had come from their stores and they had the mandate to brief their personnel.

Senior Superintendent of Police Andrew Kaggwa, the suspended Regional Police Commander Kampala Metropolitan South, had earlier told court that the sticks were picked from station armory after orders that the officers could use batons to disperse the crowds.

Court will conclude hearing and decide on whether the accused persons who include Commanders Andrew Kaggwa, the FFU Commander Samuel Bamuzimire, Katwe Police Operations Commander Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Patrick Muhumuza and Nanoka have a case to answer.

Junior officers on trial include Police Constable Willy Kalyango, Osula Kato, Moses Agaba, Bennet uhangi, Robert Wanyala and crime preventer Dan Tandekwa.


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Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

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