The Uganda Police Force has warned the public against dragging Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Muzeeyi Sabiiti, in the arrest of Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo.
Bajjo was abducted on Saturday at Centenary Park as he addressed the media about a marathon he is planning to host in collaboration with Abby Musinguzi aka Abitex.
He was whisked away by men dressed in Special Forces Command (SFC) uniform into a Van bearing a number plate UAT 511C. The same number plate was also seen on a Land Cruiser Sabiiti chauffeured in March last year when he was going to Parliament for vetting.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga said dragging Deputy IGP into Bajjo’s arrest was intended to divert the public from major investigations.
He said the suspect is accused of inciting public to rise up against President Museveni and his government.
Enanga said UAT 511C and other number plates have been registered under pseudo names purposely to be used by security units during covert operations.
“We want to put it clear that the private car number plates indeed belong to our sister agency that logistically supports the police operation. Such number plates when the situation demands can be used to achieve tactical or operational results. The DIGP last used those number plates in May 2018, while appearing before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee,” Enanga said.
Police said Sabiiti has since been allocated an official police vehicle and now has no attachment to those private numbers plates.
Enanga said investigations into Bajjo’s crimes will continue and the suspect will be handled in accordance with the laws of the country. Police said treason charges have since been preferred against Bajjo.
His charges emanate from a video that went viral in which he reportedly incited Ugandans to topple this government out of power.
“The case relates to the comments he made in the local language, Luganda and circulated online. When translated, Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo Events warns H.E. The President of their plans to oust him before the year 2021, and further warns the military of similar plans to oust the President, and indicates with confidence how he had people backing him,” Enanga said.
Other offences police are considering slapping against Bajjo include inciting violence, misprision of treason.
Enanga warned the public on posting videos glorifying violence using undemocratic means is an infringement on the law. Public has also been advised not to share such videos.