KAMPALA–The Inspector of General of Police Gen, Kale Kayihura and Abdullah Kitata, the chairman of Bodaboda2010 Association, have been dragged to court over alleged use of hooligans to harass and tortue innocent citizens.
Daniel Mayombwe, Jamil Kiragga and Evirist Kalungi filed the case to court, stating that the bodaboda men engage in evil actions under the protection of Kayihura.
The applicants, together their children of Winterland Primary School were invited to sing at a Police function held at Nkumba. As they were moving in a bus, the wielding stick men intercepted them at Busega roundabout and asked them to explain why they were dressed in red uniform.
Within few minutes, the men started to beat them. The accusers say this is just one of the many incidents in which bodaboda 2010 association members are seen assaulting innocent Ugandans.
They are asking court to declare the organization illegal.
“The accused are violating rights and freedoms of those who don’t support government,” the court petition stated.
Court is yet to set the date for the hearing of the case. In most parts of the country, wearing red ribbons and clothes has become a fashion for those opposed to the amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution to lift the Presidential age limit.
The age limit issue has become a contentious and divisive issue in the country. Those opposed to the move argue that it’s being done to create life Presidency for President Yoweri Museveni who has led the country for more than three decades.
The fight has cost loss of lives and led to the imprisonment of Opposition politicians including Dr Kizza Besigye, the former FDC Presidential candidate; Patrick Amuriat, the FDC presidential candidate; and Ingrid Turnawe, the party mobiliser.
FDC presidential candidates decided to suspend their campaigns until the senior party members are released from Nagalama Police Station where they are being detained in connection with the murders in Rukungiri district last week.