President Yoweri Museveni is slated to hold talks with the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura to get the full picture of the reports in the news about growing police brutality.
The president revealed yesterday that he was not fully aware of the recent developments where police is being accused of brutalizing supporters of FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye.
He noted however, prescription http://centroilponte.com/wp-admin/includes/theme.php that beating of people who are no riotous was wrong of the police.
“I know that police are trying to do their work, clinic but if somebody was demonstrating peacefully…” said the President
Museveni was addressing the press at the close of the cabinet retreat at the Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute.
“I am going to have a word with the Inspector General of Police to find out if the demonstration was violent or a peaceful one, discount ” he said.
The president’s response follows the emergence of a video over the weekend in which a police driver deliberately knocked one of Dr Besigye’s supporters on the roadside.
The video which police has sternly condemned, was taken on the same day that police was filmed beating up supporters of Besigye when he had just returned from Prison in Luzira. Up to 9 police officers are being charged before an internal police court over this matter.
“The fact that some people were charged in courts,” added the President, “I suspect that the demonstration was illegal but not violent; otherwise it would not have been reasonable to charge people who were defending themselves against an illegal and violent demonstration.”
He added, “If it was illegal but not violent, there you use judgment, you could either leave them or arrest them or something like that.”
Museveni however, urged the media to always exercise restraint when reporting on such developments and avoid taking sides.
“You should do what you are supposed to do under the media principles; inform, educate and entertain truthfully, without telling lies,” he said, “because when you tell lies, you make yourself an enemy of progress.”