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Gen Muntu: Police Deserve a Benefit of Doubt

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Gen Aronda was flanked by IGP Kale Kayihura, Internal Affairs state Minister James Baba, CIID boss Grace Akullo and police officers Grace Turyagumanawe and Andrew Felix Kaweesi among others.

The opposition camp brought to the attention of the minister a series of unwarranted conduct by police which blocked their lawful public meetings in the towns of Soroti, Kabale, Kasese, and Mbale, shutting down some radio stations where they were being hosted to engage the public on desired reforms in the country’s electoral system.

They also accused police of partisan alignment with ruling NRM regime, arrogance, disrespect, and peddling lies in their reports about the incidences.

According to UPC president Ambassador, Olara Otunnu, it was agreed in the meeting that IGP Kale Kayihura investigates the said episodes of the police brutalities and reports on his findings.

“We were also given green light to proceed with our nationwide public meetings without police interference,” said Otunnu while addressing press at Uganda House on Thursday.

“At the national level we will be periodically providing an update on the campaign to the minister (Aronda) and the IGP, while at the local level, our coordination teams will continue to liaise with DPCs providing them with details of the arrangement of the public meetings.”

The minister and IGP also promised to send communication to all field commanders across the country starting today Thursday to allow the campaigns to move on smoothly.

Propaganda


The government side, however, raised concerns about opposition using these meetings to disseminate harmful and inciting messages to the public.

“They also asked us to stop moving with Col Kiiza Besigye because he is ever the source of commotion, which we outrightly rejected. We told them they can’t choose for us who our allies must be in this campaign,” said DP’s Norbert Mao.

Muntu speaks out


Commenting on resolutions of the meeting, FDC president Gen Mugisha Muntu, said Minister Aronda, Gen Kayihura and the police force deserved to be given a benefit of doubt to see if they would keep their word.


“I want to hope that they will this time honour their word,” he said. “Yesterday’s meeting was not only about police’s recent actions, but we intended to use it as a stepping stone rebuild our confidence in the force.”

He added, “Today we are going through complex times, and in management of complex times it is imperative that you seek a common ground, because our ultimate goal is building a stable country.”

The campaigners will be resuming business tomorrow in Arua, before heading to Gulu University, Kitgum, Lira, Luweero, Masindi, Hoima and summing up this week’s program in Mubende on Sunday.

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