Ruhinda North MP, Thomas Tayebwa is in trouble after electricity distribution company, Umeme Limited, opened a case against him on allegations of assaulting its contractor.
The youthful MP’s troubles started after a video of him and another unidentified man beating a man connected to the electricity company went viral on Friday.
In the video, Tayebwa is seen arresting the man and “sentencing” him to 10 lashes of the cane after the man, who Umeme has confirmed to be an employee of its subcontractor, disconnected an illegal power connection to the MP’s construction site at Busaabala in Makindye Ssaabagabo Municipality in Wakiso district.
The video further shows Tayebwa asking the man to identify himself before ordering to lie down to be whipped.
The whipping was done by Tayebwa’s colleague whom he later helped to pull down the victim’s trousers which the MP felt were minimizing the impact of the whipping.
Peter Kaujju, head of communications at Umeme Ltd. said a case of assault on Ref: SD/87/26/2020 has been reported at Katwe Police Station.
“UMEME’s attention has been drawn to a video making rounds in which one of our contractor employees is seen beaten at the premises said to belong to Hon. Thomas Tayebwa in Busabala, Kampala. Umeme strongly condemns acts of human rights violation,” said Kaujju.
Efforts to speak to MP Tayebwa were futile as he did not pick nor return our call. However, Kaujju said the incident is being investigated and Umeme will provide the necessary support to the authorities in this matter.
This is not the first time where powerful and rich people have assaulted people while on their lawful duties.
In May this year, police briefly detained Maj. Gen Paul Lokech on allegations of confronting a senior female traffic police officer, ASP Ruth Kyobutungi, on Namugongo Road, Kira Municipality, in Wakiso District.
Former NRM Western Regional Vice Chairman, Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza last year also assaulted a female traffic officer, Sgt. Esther Namaganda in Seeta, Mukono.
CID records of 2019 show 31,895 cases of assault were reported presenting a 12.1 precedent decrease compared to cases reported of 2018.