Besigye trashes fake letter attacking People Power

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Opposition figure Kizza Besigye has dismissed another fake statement allegedly issued by the People’s Government attacking People Power Movement led by MP Bobi Wine over musician Ziggy Wine’s death.

A similar statement was circulated and purported to had been written by People Power spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi, which Bobi Wine dismissed.

This is what Besigye said:

Whoever suspects the NRM/M7 Junta Security organs to commit crimes and deny would be justified because for decades that has been their mode of operation. On many instances, they’ve been exposed but they very rarely apologise.

Let me recount a few examples:

When I was charged with rape (among other capital offences) in 2005, the Director of Criminal Investigations Department (CID), ACP Elizabeth Kutesa, confessed, under oath, to have deliberately falsified police records and bribed witnesses to incriminate me.

Uganda Police has never apologised to me up to now. Instead, they helped the criminal to get a job in Interpol abroad.

More recently, Mr Godfrey Byamukama, a “Mayor” of Kamwenge Town Council, was arrested and very badly tortured. Horrifying images of him appeared in the press, as he underwent treatment in hospital.

On 11th May 2017, AIGP Asan Kasingye (then a Police Spokesperson), denied that Byamukama was tortured. He said that he was injured during a struggle with the arresting officers!

On June 23rd 2017, the media reported that Erasmus Irumba, a Human Rights NGO worker and Vide Kanyoro, we’re shot and killed by Uganda Police and UPDF Officers in Ntoroko.

The Police Spokesperson issued a statement that those were arms traders killed in a Security Operation!

After further exposure, Ntoroko DPC and DISO, together with 3rd Mountain Battalion Commander Richard Muhangi were later charged with murder- though no trial has taken place yet.

When Hon Zaake was arrested and tortured to near death in Arua on 13th Aug 2018, the Police said that he had escaped from detention at a hospital! They charged him for escaping from “lawful custody”! This charge has since been dismissed with the contempt it attracted.

Similarly, Police exhibited items, including 2 AK47 guns and a pistol with 8 bullets, they claimed were found in Hon Kyagulanyi’s hotel room after he was brutally arrested. Later, they shamelessly and without apology retracted.

Even more recently, when Ronald Ssebulime was executed by policemen after being handcuffed, the Police Spokesperson issued a statement on 24th March 2019, saying Ssebulime was shot during a pursuit as he dangerously threatened Hon Nantaba! Three days later they retracted their statement and the murderers were arrested. Nothing has been heard of that case since.

The Uganda Police Force has a huge credibility problem. Hardly anyone will offer them a benefit of doubt when they’re accused of persecuting, torturing or killing the people they’re supposed to defend.

We assume the UPF to be guilty as accused unless exhaustively proved otherwise! It’s incumbent upon the police to change this image through their actions.

A lot of money has been spent on trying to sanitise UPF’s image, in vain. This will not change unless the role of Uganda Police Force fundamentally changes- from protecting the regime and it’s cronies to protecting the people of Uganda.

I certainly don’t support people that deliberately publish or promote FAKE NEWS, whoever they are. The attached letter, purportedly written by me, is fake and betrays it’s intention.

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