U.S Gov’t Condemns Civilian Shootings In Uganda Sparked Off  By ‘Free Bobi Wine’ Protests

U.S Gov’t Condemns Civilian Shootings In Uganda Sparked Off  By ‘Free Bobi Wine’ Protests

 

By Our Reporter

 

The government of the United States of America has vehemently condemned acts of police and army brutality that were meted out unto civilians in Uganda on Wednesday November 18th, 2020,  where several civilians were shot dead in several parts of the country, ahead of the 2021 election.

At least five people were shot dead by the police and military in Kampala, although many others were reportedly shot dead in other parts of the country following protests that broke out after supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential contender Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine heard that he had been arrested.

Bobi Wine, who is still detained at Nalufenya  Police station in Jinja, was arrested from Luuka District on Wednesday by police, and was later charged with risking people’s lives by exposing them to an infectious disease (COVID-19),  and allegedly flouting the Electoral Commission Standard Operating Procedures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

 

However, the U. S government has since come out to vehemently condemn the acts of violence that the military and police committed against unarmed civilians in Uganda, many of who were shot dead.

The U.S Mission in Uganda tweeted thus about the incident on Wednesday; “The United States deplores the violence that has claimed multiple lives today, and we extend our sympathy to the victims’ families and loved ones.  We urge all parties to renounce violence, undertake good-faith measures to reduce tensions, and respect fundamental freedoms.”

However, while commenting about the matter, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said thus in a statement he issued;

“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.”

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.

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.”

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