Public, Gov’t mount pressure on security chiefs to explain brutal arrest of civilian on Kampala street

Plain-clothed security operative armed with AK-47 clobber a man on Colville Street opposite Christ the King Church (COURTESY PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Government and the public have tasked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola and other security chiefs to hunt and identify a group of armed men in civilian clothes who were recorded in a video severely beating a man before bundling him into a waiting taxi and speeding off.

Social media was Thursday night and Friday awash with fury over the impunity and callousness of the abductors.

Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance has also demanded the arrest and identification of the culprits saying that “anybody acting illegally should be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

“Police should investigate them,” Tumwebaze twitted.

According to the video captured by Record TV, one man who was identified as Yusuf Kawooya but Police would later deny knowledge of Kawooya’s tormentors.

Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo on Twitter alleged that the men belong to Police Flying Squad.

The individuals involved in this video are from Room 75 CPS [Central Police Station] Kampala. They work with the Uganda Police Flying Squad,” twitted Opiyo.

Opio added that “We have positively identified two of them. We are verifying their details and as soon as we do, we will not only make it public but also commence processes to have them prosecuted.”

Journalist Andrew Mwenda described the armed men as “goons who behave like thieves from the 15th century in the 21st century.”

The brutally arrested man was later identified as Yusuf Kawooya (FILE PHOTO)

“Who employs them to roam the streets? This impunity is too much! The fact that they don’t even think of doing such horrible things in the cover of darkness or in a remote safe house is revealing,” he remarked.

Also, former FDC President Col Dr. Kizza Besigye said such incidents are the reason “all people of good will should join hands to bring a quick end to the NRM/M7 Junta in Uganda.”

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Luke Owoyesigire said the armed men were unlikely to be part of the police force.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Oweyesigire cited that the armed men were unlikely to be part of the police force (FILE PHOTO)

He said Police doesn’t use public transportation vehicles during its operations.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo also said the perpetrators would be found and brought to book.

“Investigations are underway to establish who and from which security agency if at all they belong to government,” he reassured.

However, Minister Tumwebaze said government doesn’t cover up criminals and that “Some of us are suspicious of such if they aren’t schemes of anti-government plotters to tarnish the name of NRM.”



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