In Uganda, Police Chief Says hadn’t prepared Force for the release of ‘stubborn’ Opposition Leader Kizza Besigye

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Uganda police chief Gen Kale Kayihura, said the force had not prepared well enough to handle the followers of former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye.

Besigye who had been in prison for about two months battling treason charges was released on bail in Kampala court on July 12, 2016.

In trying to justify why his men clobbered Besigye’s supporters who had poured in streets celebrating his release Kayihura argued that they hadn’t prepared for his release and therefore had no better crowd control mechanism other than that.

“During last Tuesday and Wednesday Besigye processions in Kampala, there was no proper planning by the police since they were not aware that Besigye would be granted bail”. he said.

Stick welding police officers were filmed beating up the former presidential candidate supporters, a thing which has sparked criticism from the country’s human rights campaigners and even a court case against the police.

Police men on a patrol truck that was in Besigye’s convoy abandoned their role of guarding the FDC icon and resorted to caning his supporters.

But Kayihura said Besigye always acts victim so that the public can always portray police as brutal since they are usually provoked by rowdy crowds to use what is perceived as excessive force.

Credit: Daily Monitor