By Our Reporter
The Uganda Police have issued a statement explaining why they arrested the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, who was blocked from holding a political rally in Luuka District on Wednesday.
Whereas the arrest of Bobi Wine, who is detained at Nalufeneya Police station in Jinja, sparked off nationwide riots as his supporters demanded his immediate release, the police contend that they actually arrested him for flouting Electoral Commission Standard Operation Procedures and to protects the lives of Ugandans he was putting at risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
This was revealed in a statement issued by police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Wednesday evening, in which he stated thus;
“All along the NUP presidential candidate and his party members, sought to undermine the integrity of the Electoral Commission, by refusing to abide to a peaceful conduct of the campaigns. His campaign trail from West Nile, to Acholi sub Region, Teso, Bugisu and Busoga, raised stakes for possible riots and public disorder.
The arrest as anticipated by our Joint Intelligence components, sparked off incidents of violent demonstrations especially in the areas of Masaka, Jinja , Kampala city and its suburbs of Bwaise, Kyaliwajjala , Nabweru, Kalerwe, Nansana and Mukono.
In Mityana we blocked a group of youth who were being transported to reinforce colleagues in Kampala. The violent demonstrators set up illegal roadblocks and burnt tyres, violently attacked law enforcement personnel in the city Centre. We have also registered other crimes of looting, vandalism and robbery by hooligans who take advantage of these violent demonstrations.”
Enanga added that; “We do strongly condemn the tactics used by NUP and those groups that continue to breach the Electoral Commission guidelines during the campaigns. Such acts only promote further violence and lawlessness amidst the threats of Covid-19. We believe it is one of the steps to prepare their adherents into inciting violence and further accelerate their goal of a civil uprising like they have always threatened.”
Commenting about the innocent Ugandans killed during the riots, Enanga said that; “It is unfortunate that three innocent lives have been lost as a result of the violent fracas in the city. These include; Mwanje Sandi, a 35 year old male adult of Katwe, Juma Sendagire, a 27 year old male adult of Lusanja Kitezi and Amasi from Kubbiri. We do extend our sympathies to their families. The cause of death will be revealed after conducting postmortem examination.
A total of 34 people sustained injuries during the violent confrontations and were rushed to Mulago National Referral hospital for further medical attention.”
However, reports coming in from social media indicate that at least over five people died during the riots, many of them having been shot dead allegedly by police in different parts of the country, while others died of injuries they sustained while running for their dear lives.
Several prominent Ugandans like the Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga and others have since come out to condemn the violence unleashed unto civilians by security forces, while others have sent out condolence messages to the families that lost their loved ones during the riots.
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