The court case against IGP Martin Ochola and other senior police officers filed in Court by the presidential aspirant and National Unity Platform (NUP) president, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi, for blocking him from attending a radio talk show in Mbale city has been pushed to August 26, 2020.
According to events as narrated by Hon. Kyagulanyi, police deployed heavily to block him and his team from accessing BCU FM premises along Naboa road on Saturday 8 August, leading to clashes between police and the People Power activists. Police however said that the station was warned against hosting Mr. Kyagulanyi days prior to his arrival.
He said this infringed on his right to freedom of the press and other media contrary to Article 29(1a), 43(2a) of the 1995 constitution. He also contends that the respondents violated his right to equity and freedom from discrimination contrary to article 21(1a) and 43(2a and c) of the constitution.
Kyagulanyi tweeted at 10.59 am, in the spirit of transparency, an update of his travel plans to Mbale for the hearing saying,
“Heading to Mbale, to attend a court session in which we are suing the IGP, RPC, DPC, and OC Station for illegally blocking our radio appearance two weeks back. We must and shall use all avenues to foster the rule of law in this land!”
In his initial plea, he wants the respondents to personally compensate him for the violation of his rights, pay punitive damages for their callous breach of the law in a manner which he deemed unacceptable in a free and democratic society.
The respondents to the suit are the Attorney General, Inspector General of Police, Martin Ochola, Elgon Region Police Commander, Wesely Nganizi, Mbale District Police Commander, Fred Ahimbisibwe, Mbale Resident Commissioner, Sulaiman Ogajjo, among others.