Even before the conclusion of investigations into the recent police brutality on the supporters of former FDC president, Kizza Besigye, another video has emerged, in which a police truck appears to have deliberately knocked down a man walking by the roadside and drives away.
According to NTV, the first to release the video, the incident happened a few days back as Besigye, who had just secured bail drove through Kyebando, a Kampala suburb.
Speaking out on the video that has since gone viral on social media, Police says they have instituted inquiries in response to a video footage.
“The alleged victim, who is still unidentified, was maliciously charged and kicked at by another unidentified man with a helmet and in civilian attire, whom many claim to be part of security. We do admit that the alleged actions by the police driver in the video footage are concerning and highly regrettable by management.
As a result, the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), upon reviewing the footage, is working hard to identify the victim, the police pick-up, its driver and car commander, which officers will have to be suspended from operational duties, pending outcome of the investigations. It will in addition, use the video to justify evidence of professional misconduct by selected officers undergoing disciplinary court processes,” reads a statement by police spokesperson, Fred Enanga.
Meanwhile, the police further encouraged the filming and release of videos on sensitive police related incidents, as a very important step in promoting transparency in the course of our duties.
“This is consistent with our commitment to increased transparency through various rectification campaigns, which is essential in rebuilding and strengthening our trust with the public’s we police. We are meanwhile engaging and re-engaging our officers on the minimum use of force, through better communication especially intense and fast moving public order policing situations. For this we are confident of our ability to continue protecting the safety and security of all Ugandans and visitors, whom we request not to judge the entire police force by the actions of a few bad officers.”
This comes at a time when the police is under intense pressure over the recent beating of Besigye’s supporters. Over five police officers are being investigated over the incident.