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We Used Reasonable Force: Police Speaks Out on Clashes at FDC Headquarters

Police have Wednesday responded to a video clip circulating on social media in which the public is claiming that officers stole a mobile phone belonging to an FDC councilor identified as Rashida Naluwooza.

The response was issued by KMP spokesperson SP Patrick Onyango in a detailed account of events and how they unfolded.

According to Onyango, On Tuesday morning, security teams were deployed in various party headquarters in Kampala as they had several activities to provide general security to and that FDC party headquarters, Najjanankumbi, was one of them.

“As the team was providing security at FDC offices, they got information that a section of FDC supporters was planning to leave the offices in a procession and to block Entebbe Road. The security team on the ground were guided that since the President was about to pass in that section of the road heading to Entebbe, no procession should be allowed,” he said.

He said that while Police were manning security, two FDC supporters approached and wanted to enter their headquarters but they were advised to wait until the President passes then they would be allowed to enter.

At the moment no one was permitted to enter or leave the premises.

“They refused and insisted that they must enter by all means. Police used reasonable force and one woman fell down. When she got up, she assaulted one of our officers,” he pointed out.

Responding to theft allegations, he said that “the video shows one of our officers picking something black from the ground. What the officer picked was a Police epaulette/ flap (rank holder) not a mobile phone as alleged by some people on social media. The epaulette got off when the officer was trying to restore order.”

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Onyango added, “We are a professional Force and our mandate is to protect life and property.”

Reacting to the incidents, Dr. Kiza Besigye scolded the police force and told them to reduce brutality on the public.

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