Thursday April 10 2014

Besigye accuses police of inciting violence


Former Forum for Democratic Change party president Kizza Besigye has accused police of provoking violence at Opposition meetings.

However, police spokesman, Mr Fred Enanga, said Opposition politicians play victim even when they disrespect lawful orders, adding there is need for them to stop the negativity shown towards police.

In reference to the peaceful meetings conducted in northern Uganda by Opposition politicians and members of the civil society about proposed electoral reforms, Dr Besigye said it was proof that without police provocation, “we can conduct peaceful assemblies”.

“What we did in northern Uganda is exactly what we have been doing in other areas but this time there was no disruption by the police in our engagements,” he said.

His comment was a veiled attack on the violent crackdown of recent Opposition and civil society meetings in eastern and western Uganda.
Recently, police violently arrested retired Bishop Zac Niringiye, an activist in Soroti, accusing him of participating in an illegal assembly.
The Opposition, together with civil society organisations conduct town hall meetings, that seek to sensitise people about the proposed electoral reforms ahead of the 2016 elections.