The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola and Chief of Defence Forces Gen. David Muhoozi have Saturday announced a ban on public processions especially by politicians after campaign rallies.
The ban follows last week’s clashes in Arua Municipality, which were sparked by the intersection of processions of two different candidates in the evening hours after the rallies.
Addressing a joint press conference at the Naguru based police headquarters; the IGP concurred with his counterpart from the UPDF to put a ban on processions which they said pose a security threat to many.
“These processions that have been going on are illegal under the public management act, and I want to take this opportunity to announce to the country that these processions have been banned,” said Ochola
Ochola said that the processions after the campaigns have been the major cause of deaths of people especially when two rival political camps meet.
He added that police is also investigating all the past by-elections in order to bring the perpetrators of crime to book.
General Muhoozi said it was due to the processions that the presidential motorcade was hit with stones that damaged the windscreen of the principal’s car.
The army commander applauded the brevity of the Special Forces Command for not killing people.
“I want to commend the act of the presidential security detail because they acted with a lot of patience yet they’re armed,” Muhoozi said
General Muhoozi also condemned the manner in which the supporters of Opposition candidate Kassiano Wadri acted.
The army chief also warned politicians not to take advantage of the youths and drag them in confrontational politics.
On the aftermath of the events, the army commander told the press that after the arrest of MP Bobi Wine, he was treated with dignity while in the military custody.
The army boss said that while in custody, Bobi wine was provided with decent accommodation and also allowed him access to relatives, lawyers as well as human rights officials.
Dr Ambrose Musinguzi, the UPDF doctor who attended to Bobi Wine while in military detention said that a number of tests both internal and external were done to the legislator and accorded him the right treatment.
Among the tests done on Bobi wine, the doctor said included X-rays, CT scan, Kidney tests and blood tests which indicated no fractures but dislocations on the left limb which required him to walk with support of a clutch.
About the other suspects injured in Arua fracas, the director medical services in the Uganda police force Dr Moses Byaruhanga said that they are all undergoing medical treatment of the gunshot wounds thy sustained.
The security commanders also urged political and civic leaders to preach peace in the country despite the existence of human rights.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website