Museveni is a Beneficiary of Police Brutality - DP

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Democratic Party DP leaders have described President Yoweri Musevenis comments condemning police brutality as a mockery saying he is a direct beneficiary of their actions.

Democratic Party (DP) leaders have described President Yoweri Museveni's comments condemning police brutality as a mockery saying he is a direct beneficiary of their actions.

According to Kenneth Kakande, DP spokesperson, opposition parties will only side with the President if he takes action against the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura who openly commended his officers after they brutalised the innocent civilians.

While closing a retreat for government leaders in Kyakwanzi on Sunday, President Yoweri Museveni said if police attacked innocent civilians who were demonstrating peacefully he will talk to the Kayihura about it. The president noted, however, that if they had beaten people who were demonstrating violently the blame should go to former presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye.

This comes after a video emerged showing police officers beating up supporters of Dr. Besigye shortly after he was released from Luzia Prison on July 8th. Another video has since emerged showing a police patrol vehicle knocking a demonstrator who was standing on the roadside.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday said investigations to identify the latest culprits are on going. But Kakande says as DP they are not happy with the leadership of Uganda Police because they have turned against Ugandans they are supposed to protect.

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He says if President Museveni fails to sack the Kayihura, DP will institute another case of human rights abuse against him. A Magistrates Court in Makindye recently summoned Kayihura and six other senior police commanders over this matter.

However when contacted over the statements made by DP spokesperson, both government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo and Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said action has already been taken against officers who were involved in flogging of the Besigye supporters.

On the issue of the Kayihura taking responsibility as head of Uganda Police Force, Ofwono Opondo said that is a personal decision. He noted that the actions of the police that have been widely condemned are a lesson for the force.

Following the beating Dr. Besigye's supporters, four senior police officers were suspended and charged in the Police Disciplinary Court.
The officers include Andrew Kaggwa who until suspension was Kampala South Regional commander, Samuel Bamuziibire, the suspended Kampala Metropolitan Field Force Unit commander, Patrick Muhumuza, operations commander of Field Force Unit - Kampala Metropolitan South and Moses Nanoka who was suspended as Wandegeya Division police commander.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.