Besigye Calls Police Officers Trial A Sham

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In short
Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye says the police disciplinary court has no jurisdiction to try serious crimes like torture and assault.

Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has described as a drama, the ongoing trial of police officers who beat up his supporters recently.

Besigye says the police disciplinary court does not have jurisdiction to try serious crimes such as torture, assault and gross misconduct subjected to his supporters in the suburbs of Kampala early this month.

Nine police officers were arraigned before the police disciplinary court and charged with misconduct.  They include Osula Kato, Willy Kalyango, Bernard Muhangi, Moses Agaba, Robert Wamala and Dan Tandeka, a Crime Preventer.

Also charged were commanders SSP Andrew Kaggwa, the Kampala South Regional Police Commander, SSP Samuel Bamuzibire the FFU Commander, SP Moses Nanoka, DPC Wandegeya and ASP Patrick Muhumuza, the head of Katwe Field Force Police.

Besigye however says that the process is a fraud. He adds that he is in discussion with his lawyers to institute fresh charges of torture and assault against the individual police officers who were involved in the attack against his supporters.

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.