Human Rights Body Slams Gov’t Over Besigye Arrest

UHRC boss Medi Kaggwa addressing the media in Kampala on Friday (Photo: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has tasked government to explain the cause for use of excessive force during the arrest of former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye last week.

The opposition and FDC strongman last Wednesday beat the 24-hour surveillance security at his Kasangati home and proceeded to the city centre before being arrested and detained at Moroto government prison.

Addressing journalists on Friday at their offices, buy information pills http://ca-uqam.info/wp-includes/class-walker-category.php Uganda Human Rights Commission chairperson Medi Kaggwa said there was no situation warranting the use of excessive force as was done by police and the military, view http://clicknbuy.tk/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php adding the law and enforcement officers ought to have observed the law as they dispersed the crowds who had gathered around Besigye.

“Section 28 of the Police Act allows the use of force by police officers in special cases but also says the force must be proportionate to the danger the suspect has put them to,” Kaggwa told journalists.

“They ought to have observed this provision and other laws governing the management of demonstrations and public gatherings.”

The Human Rights body boss said that though crowds were seen throwing stones at security personnel which was inconsistent with their responsibility, the law and enforcement officers however responded to the crowds violently adding that this was uncalled for.

“Whereas the police is implored to at all times to exercise restraint while controlling riotous crowds and acting professionally, members of the public wishing to demonstrate are also urged not to resort to acts of violence,” Kaggwa observed.

Defiance Campaign

The UHRC boss blamed government for departing from its commitment to international treaties that emphasize rights and freedoms of citizens.

He noted that the decision by the Constitutional court to hear the application banning activities of the FDC defiance without hearing from the other party was wrong and that there was no situation necessitating the ban of opposition activities.

“Whereas government has the duty to protect its citizens and their property and hence the constitutional authority to limit enjoyment of rights and freedoms, the same Constitution under Article 43 requires that such limitations are done out of absolute necessity,” Kaggwa urged.

Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma on May 5, issued an interim order banning all activities of the FDC party, supporters and members entailed under the defiance campaign for a period of 4 weeks.

Kaggwa, however blamed FDC for not respecting and promoting the rule of law in the country when they vowed to defy the court order.

Kaggwa said that such statements and acts of defiance may fuel disobedience and  lawlessness, adding they should not be encouraged to thrive.

“Those who are dissatisfied with any decision should seek redress from the legally established mechanisms in order to avoid anarchy.”

The Uganda Human Rights Commission chairperson urged government to ensure a fair and speedy trial for FDC’s Dr Kizza Besigye who is currently detained at  Luzira prison after being charged with treason at the Nakawa Magistrates court on Wednesday.


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