The force’s Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said whatever SSP Agero and his juniors did to Besigye and other members of Forum for Democratic Change –FDC was within the laws and well streamlined in standards police operations procedures particularly when handling riotous crowds.
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Police have said there is no need to prosecute its Senior
Superintendent of Police –SSP Rashid Agero, for brutalizing and smashing Dr
Kizza Besigye’s vehicle.
The Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said whatever SSP Agero and his juniors
did to Besigye and other members of Forum for Democratic Change –FDC was within
the laws and well streamlined in standards police operations procedures
particularly when handling riotous crowds.
Enanga said that Besigye adamantly parked in the middle of road disrupting
traffic flow, especially at Spear Motors junction. Police say all engagements
with Besigye hit a snag and available measures had to be used to clear the road
to allow smooth movement of road users.
Agero is in a video that has since gone viral seen smashing Besigye’s vehicle
using a gun butt in addition to pepper-spraying him inside his vehicle. The
four-time presidential candidate survived hitting his head on the tarmac when
he was splashed with water cannons.
Addressing the media, a day after the incident that was widely condemned,
Besigye said he was only saved by people inside his car that held his legs as
the water cannons were going to throw him down.
Enanga said the Anti-Riot Police also known as Field Force Police –FFP used the
well-known measures to deal with defiant people. These measures, according to
Enanga, include breaking car glasses, windows or doors to gain access or enter
a house, a car to remove or arrest a person deemed a threat.
//cue in “there was a gridlock…
Cue out “we
had to transfer him to Naggalama”//
Police said whatever happened Besigye had already been planned for it in
advance, a reason he had reportedly removed hooks from his motor vehicle thus
it could not be towed away.
//cue in “kyali wansi wa mateeka…
“akola ekintu nga amaze okukyetegekera”//
Besigye was heading to a function organised at Namboole stadium but police
blocked the venue insisting that the stadium was under renovation. Enanga said
Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and FDC President Patrick Oboi
Amuriat, obeyed police’s guidance but Besigye refused.
The brutal arrest of Besigye and FDC members was condemned by human rights
bodies and Speaker of Parliament as government to explain multi-party system
was still viable since other political parties are not allowed to conduct their
Besigye and other FDC members have since started a campaign to raise one million
signatures from Ugandans to have President Museveni and other security officers
dragged to International Criminal Court- ICC based at Hague in Netherlands.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.