Police – army brutality on citizens has no space in modern society – FDC

Dr. Kizza Besigye and other FDC supporters in Jinja before arrest. Courtesy photo.

Jinja – Uganda’s top opposition party – Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party has often decried security personnel’s brutality on her supporters.

FDC whose key founder, Dr. Kizza Besigye first worked with National Resistance Movement [NRM] party national chairman, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during NRA era, is one of the many victims and a senior member of FDC who has been arrested more than any other opposition politicians on the continent.

Besides Mr Besigye, notable FDC leaders like Ingrid Turinawe, FDC party President, Eng. Patrick Amuriat Oboi, ‘DP’ Erias Lukwago; ‘DP’ Betty Nambooze, among others have also frequently been arrested by Uganda Police officers.

Following Besigye’s fresh arrest on Wednesday and a day before, FDC party President has delivered a warning to Uganda Police Force and UPDF’s men and women beating up citizens.   

“We will not allow those who choose to harm Ugandans exercising their civic rights given by the Constitution to go scot free,” Mr Oboi posted on his Facebook page, Wednesday.

“What happened on Monday this week when the Uganda police force and the army beat up citizens has no place in modern society,” he added.

“We are reviewing the video clips and promise that those who brutalised citizens will be individually brought to account,” FDC leader further said.

On Wednesday, Jinja Police arrested Dr Kizza Besigye at the new Nile Bridge while leading a procession to Busoga One FM radio for a talk show.

Mr Besigye –according to Jinja FDC leadership was to visit a building that last week collapsed in town – a venue well-guarded by security men a head of former party leader’s visit.

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On Monday he was arrested in jinja and later taken to Nalufenya Police Station, the same day Eng. Amuriat and his team were in Soroti town.

FDC are traversing different parts of the country to celebrate its 15th Anniversary, an event police says is illegal.

Calling year 2020 a year of “Double-Double”, Besigye says “abusing our rights will be costly for the NRM junta,” adding, “No turning back, this is 2020, a year Ugandans must do everything to regain their rights ahead of next elections.”

 “If you obstruct us, we obstruct you; push us, we push you-double, double! That is what happened yesterday and we shall not stop,” four time presidential aspirant added.

CP Fred Enanga, Police spokesperson has said FDC was conducting rallies in open spaces without notifying authorities in districts they visited.

“We have been working with them but occasionally they tend to ignore us to drag police in running battles,” Mr Enanga defended police actions.

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