Monday May 2 2011

Arinaitwe should account for his actions, says uncle

By Joseph Mazige & Robert Muhereza

Family members of Gilbert Arinaitwe, the police officer who last week brutally arrested FDC leader Dr Kizza Besigye, yesterday disassociated themselves from their son’s actions.

Mr Arinaitwe’s paternal uncle Johnson Bwana told Daily Monitor yesterday that his nephew is accountable for his actions. “His actions have nothing to do with us. I have nothing to say about his behaviour since he is a grown up person and can account for his actions,” Mr Bwana said.

He said what happened last week still torments the family. Mr Arinaitwe used the butt of his gun to crash Dr Besigye’s windscreen before unleashing pepper spray and tear gas on him.

His actions sparked anger among the FDC’s supporters, human rights bodies and religious leaders who demanded the resignation of police boss Kale Kayihura.
But speaking from Nairobi Hospital yesterday, Dr Besigye called for calm among his supporters insisting they should not carry out retribution for his brutal arrest.
Mr Arinaitwe’s wife, on Friday collapsed as the news of her husband’s actions reached her, a close family source said.

Ms Beatrice Arinaitwe, who is said to be pregnant with Mr Arinaitwe’s first child, is currently on bed rest and under constant supervision of her doctor.
“The news of her husband’s actions hit her hard and made her yield to high blood pressure, hence collapsing,” the source said.

Mr Geoffrey Bwana, the father of Arinaitwe who died some few years back is said to have gone to Kigezi High School with Dr Besigye. Most of the family members of Mr Arinaitwe were not at ease with commenting on the issue to the media.

Arinaitwe’s brother, Mr Jimmy Bwana, a banker in Kampala, refused to comment on the incident saying, “he is my young brother who can talk for himself.”
The family also dispelled rumours that their home had been attacked and their houses vandalized by supporters of the FDC leader.

When Daily Monitor visited Rwahi in Ntungamo, where Arinaitwe has land, it was business as usual in the village. At his ancestral home in Nyakibale village in Rukungiri, there was also calm.