Enanga however, was quick to add that what was done on that event was not intentional and it’s the reason why police has come out to apologizes to all those who were directly impacted by the teargas including the retired Bishop of catholic church, and the cultural leaders from Buganda Kingdom at large.
The Uganda Police Force-UPF has apologized to
the Buganda Kingdom and the Catholic Church members who were directly affected
by the fired teargas on the event.
On Saturday, police
in Mityana District used teargas to disperse members of Buganda Kingdom’s Mbogo
Clan who had convened at their ancestral site at Mugulu - Ziggoti Town Council
to attend thanksgiving prayers for their leader, Elder Gajuule Kayiira
served as head of Buganda’s 52 clans for seven years until recently when
the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II replaced him with Omutaka Namwama Augustine
The mass was led
by retired Masaka Diocesan Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa, but the function was
later disrupted by police and military officers who fired teargas to block more
people from accessing the venue. In the ensuing melee, some elderly persons
fainted after inhaling teargas.
addressing journalists at Government’s Uganda Media Center, the police spokesman
Fred Enanga said the police actions were to prevent a big gathering in a bid to
stop further spread of Coronavirus in the country.
was quick to add that what was done on that event was not intentional and it’s
the reason why police has come out to apologizes to all those who were directly
impacted by the teargas including the retired Bishop of catholic church, and
the cultural leaders from Buganda Kingdom at large.
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He explains that the incident that led to the firing
of teargas was caused by some invited politicians like Hon Francis Zaake of
Mityana, and Hon David Kalwanga among others who came with a fleet of over 50
boda-bodas, and several youth who attracted a larger gathering in uncontrolled
setting in line with Ministry of health guidelines against COVID-19.
some stage our officers found themselves confronted by the supporters of these
politicians who wanted to gain access to the venue; all other efforts to
disperse them failed and the only option left was to deploy teargas," said Enanga.
says that police had to use teargas to disperse the seemingly violent group, the
same teargas that spread to the venue where the Bishop was holding the mass.
On Sunday, The prime Minister of the Buganda, Charles
Peter Mayiga condemned police and the military actions for dispersing people
who were attending a cultural event. Mayiga said that it was not wise to
disperse people who were respecting the coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines.
But according to police the organizers also did not
receive clearance, which was a mistake.