Uganda Police through AIGP Edward Ochom, the Director in Charge of Operations has filed its defense before the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in the case where city Lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi dragged government to court claiming that the recent nomination of Presidential candidates was marred with violence.
Mabirizi told court that the arrest and inhumane treatment of Presidential candidates who included Forum for Democratic Change’s Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi wine rendered the whole process null and void.
In his affidavit sworn at Attorney General’s chambers, AIGP Ochom says that Police’s intervention in the process was to maintain peace and ensuring proper observance of Covid19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
For Amuriat, Ochom says they had received intelligence information that FDC had organized a group of over 2000 people to match on various roads on that day
“It is not true that Mr Patrick Amuriat Oboi was dragged in car in which he was tortured , his shoes removed and forcefully delivered to the nomination center as alleged or at all,” he said,
On the side of Kyagulanyi, Ochom said police came to ensure that he abided by the set traffic plan instead of heading to Kamwokya for launch of his manifesto which could expose his supporters to covid 19
” I know that after his nomination , Hon Kyagulanyi refused to use the official routes designated by Police but insisted to use the route he used while accessing the nomination venue which resulted in to fracas.”
He also pointed out that Police with the help of Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) managed to use reasonable force to take away Kyagulanyi from the nomination venue in order to avoid disruption.
Ochom further stated that there was no inhumane treatment and torture that was exhibited in the process.
In his application in which Mabirizi also challenged Justice Byabakama’s eligibity to continue holding the office of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, he asked the regional court to issue a permanent injunction restraining Uganda Electoral Commission or anybody, organ or agency of the Uganda government from implementing or furthering the processes actions and decisions of nomination of Presidential candidates for 2021 elections.
He also asked for general damages resulting from the disturbance and anguish caused to him arising out of the actions, decisions and directives complained against in this Reference.