CSOs urge police, govt to join graft fight
Posted Friday, January 18 2013 at 02:22
Civil society organisations have urged the police to join the fight against corruption, saying it is a contradiction for the Force to arrest activists participating in anti-graft activities.
Ms Cissy Kagaba, the executive director Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU), said the arrest of activists engaged in the Black Monday Movement activities indicates a need for a better understanding by the police and other security agencies of the fight against corruption.
Police on Sunday arrested eight anti-corruption crusaders from Rubaga Miracle Centre and Watoto Church for allegedly inciting violence. They were later released on police bond.
CSO leaders accused the police of arresting activists on “unrealistic challenges” despite the Force agreeing with the contents of the flyers.
“I called Mr Kaweesi [Kampala Metropolitan police commander] and he said there is no problem with the flyers we are distributing but we just need to agree on the method.” Ms Kagaba said.
She was addressing a press conference at ACCU offices in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, yesterday.
The activists called upon all arms of government to join Black Monday, saying it is a “social movement.”
Deputy police spokesperson Vincent Sekate could not respond to our repeated calls .