The opposition Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) is set to take legal action against five members of the Uganda Police Force, whom it accuseds of brutalizing party members.
FDC spokesperson John Kokonyogo told press this morning that the party has tasked its lawyers in Eastern Uganda to sue the five officers who appeared recently in a video, beating up an FDC supporter named Okeng Abdul during a banned rally in Soroti town.
“We have looked at it (video) again and again and the names of Police officers were identified by our lawyers and we will take them to Court.” he said.
Amid public outrage after the video came out, police announced that it had arrested two of the officers in the clip.
The police however, counter accused the FDC of refusing to follow police orders and also provoking policer officers on duty to use excessive force.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga also said they were hunting for the assault victim (Okeng Abdul) who he said had kicked one of the officers during the scuffle.
Kikonyogo says the implicated police officers will be sued individually
“We think is criminal, it’s abuse of human rights and even puts the name of our police into disrepute and that is one of the biggest cases any police officer can commit against the police force.”
“While the police allegedly told us that they had arrested those individuals, we don’t trust them enough, the police leadership,” he said.
Meanwhile the FDC also raised concerns on the operations of the infamous Nalufenya detention centre in Jinja district which Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola ordered to close shortly after taking office.
Last week, FDC’s Dr Kiiza Besigye was arrested by the Police in Jinja as he planned to appear on a radio talk show and was detained at Nalufenya.
The detention facility came into limelight as a torture chamber during the reign of former IGP Gen Kale Kayihura.
Kikonyogo wondered during a press conference today, how this facility is still in operation.
“Mr Ochola told us he had closed it. On paper he closed it but factually he did not. God shamed them when they took Dr Besigye there. One of his aides was hit in the eye in Nalufenya. Torture has not closed in Nalufenya and we want Mr Ochola to come clean on this,” said Kikonyogo.