Kampala, 21 November 2020; At least 50 Ugandans have been confirmed dead according to Uganda police sources.
Previously police denied using heavy-handedly on peaceful demonstrators that were protesting the wanton arrest of the leader of National Unity Platform leader, Music pop star Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi.
Bobi Wine, a Presidential aspirant who doubled as Member of Parliament for Kyandon East was arrested in Luuka District Eastern Uganda, shortly the news of his arrest spread like dry season wildfire on social media, sooner his supporters in different towns and districts in Uganda took on streets caught the security forces unaware.
However, after-hours police in Kampala responded heavy-handedly by use of teargas and live bullets against civilians, and in some instances, police vehicles were seen running on people. A preliminary report from police on Thursday said only 7 protesters were killed, however, this was disputed by different newspapers.
On Friday two days after the deadly police killing, President Museveni issued an unapologetic statement and warned those killed by police were used by foreign countries and homosexual countries, and he warned of more dead should those who have been used by foreign countries whom he falls short of naming continue with their attack against police forces.
President Museveni's warning was echoed by Minister security for external affair Mr. Elly, who equally warned the demonstrators of more deadly consequence should they continue touching police, and he wrongful justified the killing of civilians by police and other security personnel in plain civilian clothes.
Human Rights group said the numbers of those killed in an unlawful manner by police are far beyond the number revealed by the police, and the death toll is expected to rise because dozens of wounded citizens remained in critical condition in hospitals.
Many Ugandans cast doubt about the creditable, free and fair election results of January 2021 Presidential and Parliamentary elections given the police and other security apparatus brutality against opposition candidates particularly the leaders of NUP, Bobi Wine, and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
“Despite Mr. Museveni’s wrongful justification all evidence pointed to police, police responded in very unprofessional and they have taken side rather than doing their working of police,” said one businessman whose name withhold by this publication.
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