By Mable Nakibuuka
The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has called upon the Uganda Police Force, Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) and sister security agencies to desist from violating human rights in the country, because at one point in time they will be held accountable.
The Speaker revealed this in a statement she shared on social media following the Free Bobi Wine protests that rocked several parts of the country, where numerous people died.
“I wish to register and express my innermost sadness at events happening countrywide as a result of ongoing campaigns. Such events should not be condoned in society.
The Media has reported demonstrations happening in various parts of the country over the arrest and detention of Presidential Aspirant Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu. In Kampala alone, it was reported that at least four (4) people lost their lives and scores sustained injuries during the demonstrations,” Kadaga said.
She added that; “I therefore call upon all candidates to appeal to their supporters, to exercise restraint from indulging in detestable activities, which may result in the loss of lives and property as well as livelihoods.
Special appeal is hereby made to the various security agencies and operatives to execute their duties and responsibilities as enshrined in the various legal regimes establishing them, while at the same time exercising restraint from violating human rights.
I wish to appeal to the Electoral Commission, as the body constitutionally mandated to manage electoral processes in the country, to institute all mechanisms possible to ensure adequate civic education which would deter the citizenry from engaging in such destructive behavior.
It is crystal clear that the ongoing demonstrations and related matters are a direct replica of inadequate civic education conducted by the Electoral Commission.”
To the general public, Kadaga noted that; “And to all fellow Ugandans out there, I wish to inform you that there’s life after elections. Uganda belongs to each and every one of us and the ongoing electoral processes should not come in between us but rather should unite us for a common good and a better Uganda, today, tomorrow and for eternity.
I thank you.”
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