IGP Ochola Apologies to Teargassed Bishop John Baptist Kagwa

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Rtd. Bishop John Baptist Kagwa in white and a police delegation led by by AIGP Asan Kasingye in Masaka

Police’s Chief Political Commissar, AIGP Asan Kasingye, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola has met the Rtd Emeritus Masaka Bishop John Baptist Kagwa at his home in Masaka, where he delivered apologies to him, his family and the catholic church fraternity over the disruptions caused during the thanksgiving ceremony of the Mbogo clan headquarters in Mugulu village in Singo Mityana.

“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,” Kasingye said in a statement.

Kasingye said that the IGP extended further apologies in addition to the earlier ones made, regarding this regrettable incident and applauded the Bishop for his resilient and steadfast leadership during this disruptive incident by the territorial Police.

Kasingye added “He (IGP) further 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.

On behalf of The Uganda Police Force, the IGP thanked the general public for the support so far in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.

Buganda Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga in a statement said the kingdom is worried about such acts of impunity against culture, more so, ahead of the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

“Members of the Mbogo clan are so many. They have different political aspirations and they belong to different religions but they are all members of the Mbogo clan. We condemn acts of refusing people to gather and share with their clan leaders,” Mayiga said.

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The Katikkiro urged police and the army to handle matters of culture with utmost respect and caution.

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