By Mable Nakibuuka
The Uganda Police today apologized to the Catholic Church over acts of brutality that were exhibited over the weekend when anti-riot police violently dispersed a congregation Mityana District, after teargassing both the clergy and Catholics who were attending mass.
Assistant Inspector General (AIGP) Asan Kasingye delivered the apology on behalf of the IGP Martins Okoth Ochola, to the Catholic Church before Emeritus John Baptist Kagwa and called for closer cooperation between the two institutions.
A statement issued by the Police about the apology reads in part thus;
“AIGP Asan Kasingye today 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.
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.
He 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.
He further requested that all leaders (including religious leaders) should always involve the Police in programmes such as these for better coordination during this Covid-19 pandemic in order to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 transmission among the entire public.
The Uganda Police Force would like to use this opportunity to thank the general public for the support so far in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.”