By Lillian Kansiime
Uganda Police Force has refuted media allegations labeling them partisan. This comes after continuous reports published in the media especially from the opposition calling pro-government. The Police said these are aimed at misleading the general public.
Police and their boss IGP Kale Kayihura have denied partisan allegations
During a press conference at the Police headquarters today, the Police’s position on the matter was clarified and the allegations refuted.
“Nobody is against Hon. Amama Mbabazi’s bid for the presidency as long as it is done within the law. It’s our responsibility as the police to enforce the law and order in Uganda as well as to maintain peace and stability,’ said Fred Enanga Police spokesperson.
“While the constitution grants one’s rights and freedoms, these must be done in full compliance with the law and law enforcement should not be called partisan,” he added.
Opposition supporters from camps of presidential hopefuls Dr. Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi have claimed that the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and the police in general are partisan and were siding government activities.
Kizza Besigye has been cleared to go ahead with his campaigns
Meanwhile Police has permitted Dr. Kizza Besigye’s campaigns after a meeting between FDC officials and the force. The aspirant for the FDC flag bearer has been given ago ahead starting tomorrow 14th July to campaign for his position within the party. Earlier on according to Police, the meetings had failed to comply with section 5 of the Public Order Management Act and the purpose of the meetings was not clear and that’s why they were not allowed to proceed.
“Police and FDC officials have reached a consensus. We agreed that communication should be made by the chairperson FDC Electoral Commission explaining the purpose of the meetings and attach the program of activities in respect of the two FDC candidates,” Enanga said.