Police now claim Naigaga undressed herself!

UPF spokesman Fred Enanga who claims Fatuma Naigaga undressed herself.
UPF spokesman Fred Enanga who accuses the media of doctoring Fatuma Naigaga’s undressing images.

By Henry D Gombya in London and Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala

A claim by the Uganda Police Force (UPF) that a woman politician undressed herself last weekend in an attempt to tarnish ‘the good name of the Uganda Police’ has been widely condemned.

The UPF was accused of ‘trying to hide the publically-known misconduct of its errant officers’ after a police spokesperson told a press conference a woman politician publicly humiliated at the weekend when officers undressed her while trying to arrest her, had herself voluntarily taken her clothes off in an attempt to tarnish ‘the good name’ of the UPF.

In a press statement issued Wednesday by Human Rights Network for Journalists – Uganda (HRNJ – Uganda), its National Coordinator Robert Ssempala said allegations against the Ugandan media made by police spokesperson Fred Enanga at a press conference last Monday that the media had ‘doctored’ video footage that showed police officers undressing the woman, were intended to ‘blackmail, criminalise and intimidate the media’. “The allegations are further aimed at instilling self-censorship among independent media houses and above all, to silence, stifle and suffocate freedom of expression,” Ssempala said.

At the press conference, Mr Enanga denied the police had undressed the woman, Zainab Fatuma Naigaga, a prominent member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party while she was on her way to Rukungiri to attend a rally that was due to be addressed by the party’s flag-bearer in next year’s general elections, Dr Kizza Besigye. Mr Enanga left many of the hacks assembled for the press conference at police headquarters in Naguru near Kampala open-mouthed when he claimed the police had ‘reliable information’ that the opposition had hired several women whose sole work was to undress themselves when police tried to arrest them for staging unlawful gatherings.

3 thoughts on “Police now claim Naigaga undressed herself!

  • October 16, 2015 at 4:41 am
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    Yes, unfortunately, the police is right. There is another video, capturing the whole event by a by stander. She took her trouser off herself. in fact before being carried off to the police pick up, one of the police people told her to pull her trousers up, she refused! In this video, her movements are as if she is kicking off the trouser in the scuffle, unfortunately in pictures it seems like the police is undressing her. It was broadcast on a local Television Bukedde Tv only that it is in Luganda. Bukedde authentic, their newas is unedited hence the slogan, “Agataliiko Nfuufu”. Yes, the police uses force. It is bad politician are now resorting to monkey tricks to get sympathy from abroad to implement the public order law. Politics is indeed a dirty game

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  • October 16, 2015 at 11:37 am
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    Whether Miss Naigaga undressed herself or not, there is no justification for the way she was treated. If a man was handled like that, it may be a different story, but not a woman. The police can give any reasons to justify its brutality, but we all need to stand up very firm and condemn such primitive behaviors. Museveni has been in power for 30 years and if the only thing he can show for those three decades is the undressing of women, God forbid, we should have kept colonialism in the first place. A whole district was destroyed between 1980 and 1986 in Luweero when Museveni was fighting what he claimed was a bad government and that he would be a better choice for Uganda. Honestly, can anybody in their right mind say that Museveni is better than Amin and Obote II? We do not need history to pass judgement, we can pass judgement ourselves based on what we have seen and continue to see since Museveni came to power in 1986.

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  • November 1, 2015 at 11:37 am
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    Diana I don know whether you are a specialist in photography or are you just being rhetoric to convince your donors, who are human rights abusers of majority of vulnerable Ugandans in their country, to continue putting bread on your stool.
    Logic and common sense will tell you that one is innocent until proved otherwise. What offence did this lady commit to deserve such nasty humiliation? Is it a crime to belong to a political party in Uganda? Do I need to be granted police permit or visa to travel within my country Uganda? Why is the police becoming more partisan and yet they have to bear allegiance to the state and not the person of President Museveni. Police should know the procedures of getting someone arrested and in the event of resisting what to do next.
    A word of wisdom to this man called Kayihura. Please a wave of change is coming and it might not be easy to resist it. Just polish your record and your men to avoid being branded”Museveni’s men after his downfall. You know what happened to Amin’s soldiers.

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