Police has spoken out on the brutal arrest of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in which his private parts were squeezed and his testicles hurt.
Addressing press at Naguru police headquarters on Monday, police spokesperson Asan Kasingye, said they were justified to arrest Lukwago because he was planning to join other KCCA councillors in their march to the Constitutional Square to protest against lifting of the presidential age limit.
The mayor’s VIPPU bodyguards were roughed up by police officers in what Kasingye called “resisting a lawful arrest”.
“We had information that Lukwago was going to participate in an unlawful demonstration. Now, if you fight the officers who have come to arrest your boss lawfully, they will arrest you too,” he said on the fate of the bodyguards.
Lukwago was roughed up too and bundled on a van police uses to carry its dogs. “They hit me in the lower abdomen. They pressed me hard. I now feel pain in my private parts”.
Kasingye said they will find out if their officers used excessive force to arrest Lukwago who has just filed a complaint of inhumane treatment at the Uganda Human Rights Commission.
Parliament and Kampala deployment
Kasingye says the situation as it was last week has not changed since parliament is expected to debate a motion on age limit Tuesday which was deferred last week.
As such, police will continue its deployment in Kampala and at parliament to protect the lives of Ugandans.
“It is our obligation to keep law and order as enshrined in the Constitution and we can’t stop it,” Kasingye said, shaking off those who accuse police of being partisan.
Police, JAAT, military police and soldiers from the national army have been deployed at parliament, Constitutional Square and Makerere University since the age limit clashes started.
“We shall continue to deploy as long as there is a threat to lives of people and their property because it is our mandate,” Kasingye told journalists.