Minister Mutende Laid to Rest

Angry voices emerged last evening following disturbing images and footage of an operation that saw a number of opposition leaders residents arrested and detained in Lyantonde and Kiruhura districts in western Uganda.

Police yesterday, physician on orders of the Inspector General Gen Kale Kayihura, intercepted FDC officials on the Masaka Mbarara highway, to hold them from proceeding with a rally in Rukungiri district that was not permitted.

The aftermath was a number of seriously damaged cars, gunshot wounds and pictures of a woman stripped naked by police officers during the arrest.

The woman has identified as Fatuma Zaina, a member of the FDC National Executive Committee, who in the September Delegates Conference was elected the party’s secretary for environment and natural resources.

Besigye car at Kaguta road police station

Besigye car at Kaguta road police station

Fatuma’s pictures quickly spread like wild fire on social media and sparked a barrage of pointed words against the police from both the opposition and human rights defenders.

“Uganda Police today you have stripped our country of dignity. Nothing justifies undressing a woman. You are morons.  Uganda doesn’t serve you,” went some of the angry responses.

“The reason we are alive is because we rejected police orders under Amin. You guys are no different.”

Mrs Fatuma, isn’t the first FDC female leaders to suffer gross humiliation at the hands of the police. Activists Hamidah Nassimbwa, Chief Mobilize Ingrid Turinawe, and MP Nabilah Naggayi had similar ordeals to recount.

Some people suffered rubber bullet injuries during the scuffle

Some people suffered rubber bullet injuries during the scuffle

“What was done is not just demeaning to Fatuma but to all women in this country,” remarked Ingrid Turinawe.

“We know that such actions are meant to intimidate and scare women from being active citizens, from taking part in the affairs that affect their country,” she added.

Earlier in the day, the same police force was accused by the FDC leaders en route to Rukungiri, of making an attempt on their lives.

Some of the FDC officials that were momentarily detained

Some of the FDC officials that were momentarily detained

About five cars were severely damaged in an accident, at Nkoni in Lwengo district, after a police officer allegedly threw a thorn barricade on the highway, ripping the tires of the third car in the convoy, while the trailing ones crashed on it. The police officer who placed the barrier reportedly fled the scene afterwards.

Police in defense however, blamed the officials’ drivers who couldn’t stop in time to avoid the barrier.

“We suspect that one of the vehicles could have had a mechanical fault with its brakes that made the car fail to stop at the barricade,” said Police deputy spokesperson Polly Namaye.

Police also said their actions were inevitable after the opposition leaders disregarded the IGP’s directives.

“We urge the public to comply with police directives for the purpose of order. If any officer on duty directs you please comply immediately.”

Leader of opposition Hon Wafula Oguttu, who survived this accident called this police’s retaliation a ‘big lie.’

“There was no road block,” he said.  “The truth is that after LOP’s two cars and that of Hon.Taaka passed. RPC Ogwal ordered sudden throwing of tyre cutters across the road just seconds before the rest of the cars arrived. Their target was Dr Kizza Besigye’s car. That was the reason six cars bumped into each other in a row. I believe they wanted to kill or harm KB with the others as collateral damage.”

The Leader of Opposition says the party would have to sue the police for the damaged cars.

Later in the day, Oguttu together with Col Kizza Besigye and the party Chairman Waswa Biriggwa were briefly detained in Kiruhura district a few miles from Mbarara town.

Besigye was later driven back to Kampala by Police

Besigye was later driven back to Kampala by Police

Others who were locked up were party spokesperson Semujju Nganda, Busia MP Kevina Taaka, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, Kumi MP Patrick Amuriat Oboi and a host of youth leaders as well as local residents who expressed dissatisfaction at the scene.

These were however, released later in the evening and forced to return to Kampala, Besigye said his program to visit Rukungiri would continue as planned.


President Yoweri Museveni last evening joined the people of Mafudu village, website like this Bukulo Sub County in Sironko District for the burial of Hon James Mutende the former State Minister for Industry.

Hon. Mutende, husband to former EALA Legislator Lydia Wanyoto passed away last Saturday 3rd Oct at his house in Lukuli after suffering multiple organ failures.

Speaking to the mourners, President Museveni said he was saddened by the death of Hon Mutende because he died young and still had a lot to contribute to the country.

He pledged that government would support the bereaved family and also appealed to locals to carry out medical checkups, so that whatever medical issues are found, they are dealt with in time.

The First Lady Janet Museveni, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and a host of other government officials joined in the send off.



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