Detective Senior Superintendent of Police (D/SSP) Katherine Kusemererwa yesterday presented her first principal witness in the case where the police has accused some of its officers for unlawful and irregular conduct of authority.
Fortunate Habyara, the Commandant of the police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) in the city suburb of Bukoto Kabila, presented his evidence from video clips of a news bulletin of NBS TV and noted that the evidence was gathered from numerous sources including investigations, plain statements of the suspects and submissions from the officers in charge.
The accused include SSP Andrew Kaggwa, the Regional Police Commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police South; KMP OPS FFU Samuel Bamuzibire, Commander Katwe FFU Patrick Muhumuza; constables Willy Kalyango, Denis Muhangi, Sula Kato, Moses Agaba and crime preventer Dan Tandeka.
They are accused of using ‘excessive force’ against civilians who lined up along the streets to catch a glimpse of opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye along the Nabule-Busabala-Najjanankumbi and Entebbe Roads.
Others appearing before the police court that is headed by Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) Denis Odongpiny include the DPC of Wandegeya Moses Nanoka and Constable Robert Wanzala of CPS, who were charged with ‘using unnecessary force’ to disperse Dr Besigye’s supporters who lined the streets to welcome him back as he was heading home in Kasangati after he was granted bail by court.
Dr Besigye is facing treason charges and was last week released from Luzira prison after spending two months in incarceration.
Meanwhile, the case against the police officers was adjourned to Friday, July 29.