“I also disapprove of the method the Police used to break the glass of Bobi Wine’s car. They should have towed the vehicle to wherever they wanted him to be,” Museveni told a rally in Gayaza in Wakiso district over the weekend.
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Police officers who smashed the vehicle of the
Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Easter Monday will face
the Police Disciplinary Court for excessive use of force.
The officers from the Field Force Unit-FFU smashed Kyagulanyi’s
vehicle along Busabala Road on his way to his
One Love Beach for the Kyarenga Extra Concert.
The officers blocked
the singer, cum politician, broke the window of his vehicles and sprayed teargas to force him out. Police drove the legislator back to his home in
Magere in Wakiso district since the Inspector General of Police had stopped his
Recently, President, Yoweri Museveni publically condemned the
incident. “I also disapprove of the method the Police used to break
the glass of Bobi Wine’s car. They should have towed the vehicle to wherever
they wanted him to be,” Museveni told a rally in Gayaza in Wakiso district over
As a result, the Professional
Standards Unit-PSU is currently reviewing the video clips captured during the
police operation so as to summon the affected officers to the Police Disciplinary Court to answer for excessive use of
Unnecessary use of force contravenes Section
44(1) Code 24 of the Police Act and discrediting the police image contrary to
section 44(1) code 12 of the Police Act. Upon conviction, an officer can be
demoted, dismissed or given severe reprimand.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says they can’t ignore the
president’s statement since he is the commander in Chief of Armed Forces.
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Enanga disclosed that police will use its internal mechanisms based on the President’s concerns and take a
decision. This is not the first time police officers have a smashed the
vehicle of an opposition politician.
During the 2011 Walk to Work protests
against high inflation in the country, Police smashed the vehicle of Dr.
Kizza Besigye at Mulago roundabout and pepper sprayed him in the face. Dr. Besigye was rushed to hospital before he was airlifted to
Nairobi in Kenya for better management.
Despite the fact that the incident drew
wide condemnation both locally and internationally, none of the officers
involved was punished even video footage showing the brutality went viral on
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.