Opposition riots will never happen again – Museveni
Uganda’s president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has assured ugandans that there shall never be a repeat of the violent riots that happened on the 18th of November that resulted into the killing of 54 people by the security officers. The riots broke out following the arrest of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential flag bearer Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi wine in Luuka district.
He blamed supporters of Hon. Kyagulanyi for not waiting for him to be aligned before court and thinking that he “Kyagulanyi” is untouchable.
” If Hon Kyagulanyi was arrested, his supporters should have waited for him to go to court like he eventually. The feeling that Kyagulanyi is untouchable because he is a politician and prompts people to riot must NEVER be repeated.
The attack on people wearing NRM shirts, the attack on officers in uniform should NEVER happen again. Whoever has ears should listen. You are not doing anyone a favor to keep the law.” said Museveni
President Museveni regretted the death of 22 innocent people who were hit by stray bullets and pledged to compensate the bereaved families.He however supported the shooting of the other 32 rioters.
“Unfortunately, 54 people died in this confusion, 32 of them were rioters according to the report I got. Some were hit by stray bullets, some were knocked.
I send condolences to Ugandans that lost their relatives in these senseless riots. The government will compensate those who lost their lives and properties, but we shall not compensate those who died and were rioters, NO WAY.” said Museveni
“In spite of the weakness of the police that allows impunity of lawlessness to persist, the overall security posture of Uganda is robust and that is where people (like these rioters) make miscalculations; You will be defeated.” added Museveni