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Ugandan police officers charged with caning Besigye supporters

Five Ugandan police officers have been charged in court for assaulting supporters of opposition leader Kiiza Besigye in public.

The police officers namely Kalyango Willy, Kato Sula, Muhangi Bennet, Agaba Moses and a crime  preventer Tandeka Dan were charged with unlawful exercise of authority and discreditable irregular conduct.

The prosecution say the officers were caught by TV cameras assaulting Ugandan citizens by caning them in Kampala last week.


The incident occurred after a huge crowd turned up to meet and greet Dr Besigye moments after his release from prison on bail.

The opposition chief is facing treason charges with trial date set for July 26, 2016.

But even as the officers were arraigned in court, the country’s Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura appeared to support the use of force by his officers.

“The use of teargas, rubber bullets and of course bullets has been eliminated. The only options remaining for the commenders are use of water canons or baton charge,” said Gen Kayihura.