The senior police officers from the Uganda police force arrive at Bulange Mengo to apologize to the Buganda kingdom on behalf of their juniors who fired tear gas to the clan heads.
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 Kasibante.
Kasibante 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 Nsereko.
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. some elderly persons fainted after inhaling teargas.
Addressing journalists at Government’s Uganda Media Center yesterday, the police spokesman Fred 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.
He explains that the incident that led to the firing of teargas was caused by some invited politicians like Francis Zaake of Mityana, and 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.
“At 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.