Retired Assistant Bishop of Kampala David Zac Niringiye has told Ugandans engaged in the ‘struggle’ to be prepared for more police brutality in the near future warning that Museveni’s government is ready to use ‘our Police to brutalise any dissenting voices’.
The retired cleric who has since turned an anti-corruption activist revealed this on Saturday in response to Police’s actions Wednesday to quell riots that broke out following the brief arrest of Kampala city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds who were protesting the mayor’s arrest. The Mayor was scheduled to appear before a tribunal investigating his alleged abuse of office before he and his supporter got involved in running battles with police.
The tribunal was instituted by Minister for Kampala Frank Tumwebaze to review a petition by city councillors calling for Mr Lukwago’s sacking.
Bishop Niringiye in his warning contained in a post on social media site, Facebook, expressed ‘shock and bewilderment’ at Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi’s justification of Police actions that saw Lukwago ‘battered’ vowing that he and his colleagues have ‘resolved to continue the struggle without bitterness.’
This is what he wrote on his Facebook wall
‘I watched the NTV news broadcast on Thursday, with the images of the Police battering the Lord Mayor of Kampala. Then later on The Spot programme AIGP Andrew Kawesi justfying his actions and those of the corps. I was in shock and bewildemement. I heard Andrew justify the suspension of rallies in Kampala. The days ahead are going to be hard as the Museveni regime uses our Police to brutalise any dissenting voices.
Those of us committed to a peaceful transition post-Museveni are resolved to continue the struggle without bitterness. We must show love to our tormentors and assure them that the future we seek is for them and their children as well. So help us, O God!
It should be recalled that the retired Bishop is a member of the ‘Black Monday’ movement, A Ugandan Social Movement Against Theft of Public Funds.
On Monday, the group staged a short-lived protest titled “The Tax Payers Journey against the 2013/2014 budget presented last week.” However, Anti-riot police led by James Ruhweza, the Kampala Central Police Commander broke up the group’s demonstration arresting three activists in the process.
Early this year, Niringiye and eight other campaigners were arrested by the police at Uganda’s Makerere University for distributing pamphlets calling for an end to high-level corruption. The group was later released on bond.