By Mable Nakibuuka
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni revealed during his national address on Saturday night about the increasing abductions of National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, that the government special commandos to quell an insurrection.
Referring to scores of people that died during and after the November 18th-19th protests, plus the endless abductions of Bobi Wine’s supporters many of who have turned up dead, Museveni noted that the army deployed a combination of commandos from Somalia and operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), who helped to restore order in the country after some elements burnt vehicles, attacked women wearing NRM (yellow) colours and looted shops.
“Towards elections, we had new schemed criminality, the riots. These lawbreakers were planning not to allow the elections to take place. We deployed heavily, and we brought the Commando Unit from Somalia” President Museveni said.
He however denied allegations that the army is kidnaping people and torturing them, explaining that UPDF is a very disciplined army, noting that the talk of disappearance should be ignored as it can’t happen under the NRM.
“I heard there is quite a bit of stampede of disappearance in the papers. Every Ugandan under the NRM will be accounted for. The UPDF is a very disciplined force. When we took over Kampala, many didn’t run away because the NRA was a people’s force. Not a single shot was fired when we took over Kampala. We never touched Uganda House, UPC property” the President said.
However, Museveni’s address came at a time when several people presumed to be Bobi Wine supporters continue to disappear and others get killed.
The latest Victim is a one Sam Mulongo, who was one of the NUP coordinators in Semuto town, in Luwero District, but was allegedly knocked dead by a military vehicle on Saturday evening as he rode on his motorcycle.
His demise was announced on social media by newly elected Kawempe North Member of Parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya.
Although the police are yet to issue an official report about Mulongo’s alleged murder, he is already dead and burial arrangements for his remains are already underway.
Another victim of the deadly commandos has since been identified as Mazudi Luzige, a resident of Nakifuma town, Mukono District, who is currently hospitalised, nursing gunshot wounds.
Luzige is battling for his life after he was allegedly shot in the mouth and chest by military men who were dispersing people during the November 18th-19th protests, which left over 50 people dead.
He miraculously survived the bullets but has since remained bedridden as he battles for his life and although medics managed to save his life, his health condition deteriorates by the day.
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