Police Apologizes to Buganda Kingdom Over Teargassing Mbogo Clan Leaders

The team was led by Chief Political Commissar –CPC Assistant Inspector General of Police –AIGP Asan Kasingye accompanied by director human resource development, Godfrey Golooba and director crime intelligence, Chris Ddamulira.

A day after Inspector General of Police, Martin Ochola, sent a delegation to apologise to retired Masaka dioceses Bishop Emeritus John Baptist Kaggwa, the same team has today apologised to Buganda Kingdom over teargassing Mbogo clan leaders during a thanks giving mass.

Mityana police led by DPC Alex Mukono last Saturday teargassed Mbogo clan members that had converged in a mass led by Bishop Kaggwa to thank God for enabling, Omuttaka Kayiira Gajjule, for successfully completing seven years of service.

Like yesterday, the team was led by Chief Political Commissar –CPC Assistant Inspector General of Police –AIGP Asan Kasingye accompanied by director human resource development, Godfrey Golooba and director crime intelligence, Chris Ddamulira.

AIGP Kasingye said they paid an official visit to the Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek Charles Peter Mayiga, at his office in Bulange Mengo purposely to brief him on what happened in Mugulu Ssingo during the thanksgiving ceremony.

“The Katikkiro was more appreciative, and the team promised a stronger cooperation between the Buganda Kingdom and the Uganda Police Force. He called for disciplinary action against the commander that disrupted the clan function,” AIGP Kasingye said.

Katikkiro emphasized on police penalizing DPC Mukono because he gets very excited and perhaps lacks respect for leaders. Mayiga said one does not need to be a catholic to know that a Mass is a serious function.

AIGP Kasingye said 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.

“The IGP extended further apologies in addition to the earlier ones made, regarding this regrettable incident. He applauded the Bishop for his resilient and steadfast leadership during this disruptive incident by the territorial Police,” Kasingye said on Tuesday after meeting Bishop Kaggwa.

Police have requested that all leaders (including religious leaders) should always involve the Police in programmes such as these for better coordination during this Covid19 pandemic in order to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 transmission among the entire public.