Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Minister of the Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odong to appear before the House to explain the circumstances under which police fired rounds of teargas to disperse the Mbogo clan leaders’ meeting.
The Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake Butebi told the House during plenary on Tuesday that police used brutal and excessive on the members of clan council and leaders who had convened at their ancestral sit in Magulu, Zigoti.
“Police stormed the legally convened meeting and unleashed teargas on the people,” said Zaake.
Mityana territorial Police on Thursday dispersed members of the Mbogo clan during a thanks giving prayers for their clan leader Kayiira Gajule Kasibante organized at Mugulu Zigoti.
“The conveners of the meeting followed all police requirements but to the dismay of everyone, it was prematurely stopped with excessive force,” added Zaake.
The Mityana legislator appealed to fellow legislators to condemn the actions of the on the Mbogo clan members, leaders and elders.
“I appeal to you colleagues to condemn the police action in the strongest term and the Mityana District Police Commander, Alex Mwine should be suspended,” said the lawmaker,.
The Speaker in her response asked the Minister of Internal Affairs to come to the House and explain the police actions.
The Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola has since apologized through the Chief Political Commissar, Asan Kasingye.
“Today, I led a delegation of senior officers on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, to purposely meet the Rtd Emeritus John Baptist Kagwa at his home in Masaka and delivered apologies to him, his family and the catholic church fraternity, over the disruptions caused during the thanksgiving ceremony of the Mbogo clan at the clan headquarters in Mugulu village, in Singo,” said Kasingye.
Police acknowledged there was a mistake and described the incident as regrettable.
“The IGP carried out a thorough review and evaluation of the incident, and acknowledges the operational lapse which led to the use of teargas that spread and impacted on the congregation and the public.”