FDC’s Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye has said he will personally be present at Makindye Chief Magistrate Court Wednesday morning to witness Gen Kale Kayihura, his alleged tormentor as he takes to the dock to plead to torture charges resulting from the beating of his supporters when he was released from jail last month.
Equally, Dr Besigye has also called upon Ugandans who want justice to prevail, also to storm Makindye Court and witness this historic moment of “a hunter being hunted.”
The former FDC presidential flag bearer, made the call this morning as he re-appeared before the High Court, Criminal Division in Kampala to have his bail extended in honour of his bail term conditions in the treason case.
Registrar Mary Eleanor Khainza, extended the opposition leader’s bail to August 23.
“Yes I will be in Makindye court tomorrow to witness Kayihura step into the dock so that he knows when he is acting illegally, he can also come in the same court dock…” Dr Besigye told journalists at High Court this morning.
He added: “the institutions are weak, we should not expect much but we must keep on even with the weak institutions. Some of those who have been harassing us are now in the dock, others who were taking the orders of Kayihura are on suspension . Now they should be careful because they should know that Kayihura’s orders are illegal.”
About a fortnight ago, Makindye court summoned the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kayihura along with half a dozen of his senior officers to appear today to answer to torture charges contrary to sections 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012.
The prosecution of these top police officers is being done by way of private prosecution.
The law firms that are at the forefront of this private prosecution are; Lukwago & Co Advocates and Namugali, Walyemera & Co Advocates.
The other senior officers wanted in court tommorow are; Andrew Kaggwa (former Kampala South Regional commander), James Ruhweza (former head of operations, Kampala Metropolitan), Samuel Bamuziibire, (former Kampala Metropolitan Field Force Unit commander), Patrick Muhumuza, (former operations commander of Field Force Unit, Kampala Metropolitan South), Wesley Nganizi, (former Regional police commander, Kampala North), Geoffrey Kaheebwa (former Deputy Regional Police Commander, Kampala South) and Moses Nanoka (former Wandegeya Division police commander).
The lawyers in the charge sheet, allege that Gen Kayihura and his senior officers and other police commanders still at large, being superior officers of the Uganda Police Force, in various places in and around Kampala, between 2011 and 2016 but most notably on 13/07/2016 and 14/07/2016, are liable for the acts of torture committed against Joseph Kaddu, Andrew Ssebitosi, Rogers Ddiba, and other members of the general public including boda boda riders and supporters of Dr Besigye.
The notable police brutality happened on July 13 as police officers under the commander of Mr Kaggwa, circled Dr Besigye’s supporters at Busaabala Road junction off Entebbe Road and clobbered them mercilessly with the boda boda riders being the most affected.