Tumwebaze Sparks Anger By Referring To Besigye Supporters As ‘Goons’
Uganda’s ICT Minister, Frank Tumwebaze has accused former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential flag bearer of allowing ‘goons’ to escort him to court sparking outrage.
Tumwebaze was commenting Thursday on the recent incident that saw supposed supporters of Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura storm Makindye Chief Magistrates Court to show solidarity with the police chief over his impending trial. He accused the media, judiciary and law society of not bashing Besigye’s supporters the same way Kayihura’s were lambasted.
“KB has many times come 2 (sic) court with his “goons” but the same media, law society & judiciary keep silent,” Tumwebaze tweeted.
He added, “#Nakawa Court is a recent case.”
This did not go down well with some of Besigye’s supporters who immediately took to social media to attack the minister over his comments.
“When a goon fails to own up to goonocracy!” Shawn Mubiru wrote on his timeline as he shared the tweet by Tumwebaze.
On Wednesday, a group of demonstrators stormed Makindye Chief Magistrates Court carrying placards with messages in support of Kayihura who slated to appear on the same day and answer charges over police misconduct. The move has been criticised.
The country’s Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe told journalists from his chambers in Kampala on Thursday that such a raid on the courts of law is unacceptable’ in a country with rule of law.
He added that whoever ferried protestors to Makindye court did a disservice to the country and that it’s wrong for people to threaten judicial officers as they dispense justice to Ugandans.
“What happened yesterday is unacceptable and it must not happen again. It strikes at the core of what this constitution is all about; re-establishing the rule of law in this country, let the institutions work.” Katureebe said.