Parliament Condemns Police Brutality, Calls for Immediate Action

Opposition Members of Parliament led by the Leader of Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu and the Opposition Chief Whip, Cecilia Ogwal have condemned the behavior of Uganda Police while blocking the Members of Opposition travelling to Rukungiri on Saturday 10th October 2015.

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Hon. Oguttu, in his address to the House on Wednesday 14th October 2015, called for a committee of Parliament to investigate the behavior of the Police and urged the Ministry of Internal Affairs to call for a meeting between political parties and Uganda Police to iron out these issues.

“We were not travelling to Rukungiri to commit crime, we were acting within the law,” Hon. Oguttu argued. “Political organizations are allowed to hold meetings without seeking permission from the police according to the Public Order Management Act,” he stressed. He explained that the Police could not invoke the Act on these grounds.

In her submission, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal demanded an apology from the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura for the mistreatment of Members of the Opposition. “Members of the Opposition were manhandled during their arrest and a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) National Executive Committee, Zainab Naigaga was stripped; all these acts need an immediate explanation,” Hon Ogwal said.

Hon. Ogwal called on the Uganda Human Rights Commission to investigate and prosecute the police officers involved in the brutal arrests.

In response, the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhankana Rugunda acknowledged the incidents as regrettable. “The government is fully aware of the occurrences and it is going to investigate the events surrounding them,” Rt. Hon. Rugunda said.

He said the statement from the Minister of State for Internal Affairs would be made to the House as a matter of urgency.

Members of the Opposition led by the Leader of Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu, FDC Party President, Col. Kizza Besigye; and MPs including Hon. Paul Mwiru, Hon. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, Hon. Geoffrey Ekanya, Hon. Patrick Amuriat among others were intercepted by the police along the Masaka-Mbarara Highway as they travelled to Rukungiri. The Members were going to attend an FDC party meeting in preparation for party nominations.

Source: Parliament news