The opposition in parliament has started collecting evidence implicating the Police officers involved in the recent beating of Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party supporters. Wilfred Niwagaba, the Shadow Attorney General, says the shadow cabinet resolved to collect evidence against the implicated officers.
Niwagaba says they are compiling a list of the victims to ascertain the gravity of their injuries and loss of property. “We have already filed in the High Court. We must make these individual officers liable for their misdeeds. Once they lose, they will pay damages using their salaries,” Niwagaba revealed on phone.
Another prayer which the opposition hopes the court will answer is that the officers lose their jobs and are dismissed from the force with disgrace. “We do not trust that the police court will deal with them severely hence our resolve to go to court,” he adds. The officers are accused of beating up opposition supporters and members of the public who lined up along Entebbe and Gayaza roads on July 12 and 13 to wave to Dr. Kizza Besigye following his release from Luzira Maximum prisons.
The beating drew angry reactions from the politicians across the political divide, members of the public and civil society activists. On Monday, five junior police officers and one crime preventer appeared before the Police Disciplinary court over the incident.
On Wednesday, three senior police officers including; Kaggwa, Bamuzibire, Moses Nanoka and Patrick Muhumuza were also charged with unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority contrary to section 44(1) code 24B of the Police Act and discreditable or irregular conduct contrary to 44(1) code 12 of the same act.
Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, who says though Parliament, passed a motion condemning the brutal attacks, they want the implicated officers to face the full wrath of the law.
Obiga Kania, State Minister of Internal Affairs maintains that the Police court is capable of prosecuting its officers and give them appropriate punishment.