The Uganda police has rubbished social media claims that mobilizers of the ruling National Resistance Movement party were holding fire arms. Police say Ugandans are just mistaking the toy guns for real rifle.
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According to police, the two men donned in the yellow NRM t-shirts were carrying toy guns and this is something that should not excite the public. “Our attention has been drawn to trending social media photos showing NRM mobilizers carrying toy rifles. The photos have been widely shared by members of the public,” the police have said. “We call upon members of the public to br calm. These were not guns. We have seen political parties using all means to campaign. FDC had something similar to a police patrol in their 2016 rallies. But we are investigating to see how we can take the toy guns as exhibits,” the police added.
One of the NRM mobilizers spotted carrying a rifleOn Saturday morning, about three men donned in the yellow NRM outfits were pictured wielding real fire arms of the AK47 model. The photos dominated social media platforms’ debates and triggered widespread outrage over how the gun rule was manifesting in broad daylight. Ugandans including prominent politicians took to social media to castigate, lambast and condemn the regime for silently presiding over the gun rule. “It appears that we are now under gun rule. The regime is shamelessly telling us their readiness to kill us if we do not support them in the 2021,” Samatha Adella comments in the Mama Tendo Facebook group where the photos were shared. “The gun rule is prevailing in broad daylight. Ugandans must wake up and we reclaim our country,” comments a one Gerald Lubwama.