UPDF Sets Up Probe to Investigate Rubaramira Slap

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The Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) has instituted a committee to investigate the circumstances that led to an army officer's attack on a Forum for Democratic Change official on Monday. During an argument at the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) offices on Monday, the head of the UPDF Military Police, Lt. Col. Dick Bugingo, slapped the head of the FDC Electoral Commission, Maj. Ruranga Rubaramira, shattering his spectacles. Several members of the media witnessed the attack, with television images of the assault were broadcast in major towns throughout Uganda. The UPDF spokesperson, Maj. Felix Kulaigye, said yesterday the committee investigating the attack was instituted shortly after news of the slap became public on Monday. He disclosed that the probe committee is headed by the Chief of Military Intelligence, Col. Leopold Kyanda and is optimistic that it will conduct its investigations expeditiously. Maj. Rubaramira told the media on Monday that the assault was not expected. He insisted that he had done nothing to provoke Lt. Col. Bugingo. Lt. Col. Bugingo and several police officers turned up at the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Monday to stop the party members from staging a demonstration along Entebbe Road. The demonstration was intended to coincide with the visit of South African president, Thabo Mbeki. Meanwhile the police has started investigations into another assault case. Police spokesperson, Asuman Mugenyi, disclosed that two military police officers filed a case at Katwe Police Station, alleging that FDC supporters tried to beat them up.