Erasmus Twarahukwa, the Director of the Human Rights and Legal Services in Uganda police Force has apologized for the Erasmus Twarahukwa, the Director of the Human Rights and Legal Services in Uganda police Force has apologized for the recent attack on the supporters of Dr. Kizza Besigye.
According to Twarahukwa, the assault on Besigye’s supporters by police officers and plain clothed men was uncalled for.
Speaking to Journalists at the police headquarters in an exclusive interview on Friday evening, Twarahukwa said the conduct of the officers was criminal and amounts to torture.
He says it is for this reason, that the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura ordered that the implicated officers be arraigned before the Police Disciplinary Court.
The officers before the Police Disciplinary court include Wandegeya Division Police commander-DPC Moses Nanoka, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Field Force Unit Commander, Samuel Bamuzibire; Regional Police Commander (RPC) KMP South, Andrew Kaggwa and Katwe Police Station Operations Commander, Patrick Muhumuza.
The junior officers include Osula Kato, Willy Kalyango, Bernard Muhangi, Moses Agaba, Robert Wamala and Dan Tandeka, a crime preventer. They are 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.
Twarahukwa says more officers are likely to be arraigned before court since members of the public and political parties especially FDC has been tasked to identify those involved in the attack for appropriate action.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) Operations commander, ASP James Ruhweza who was in charge of the entire operation has not been charged because the Police Act provides that the disciplinary court can only try officers below the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP).
Sarah Kihika, the board chairperson of Chapter Four, a rights activist group says much as police seems to be taking action it came after the Kayihura commended the officers for beating the civilians. She thinks that Kayihura has directed the prosecution because of pressure from the public and other government officials.