The United States Embassy in Kampala has issued a condemnation statement on the Wednesday arrest of presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine which drifted into a wave of protests countrywide.
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In a tweet statement, the embassy called on the Museveni government to refrain from making confrontations with the dissent as this could worsen the conflict. The embassy further expresses with concern that the violence meted out on the people by the armed forces could disrupt the peace of the country.
‘The United States deplores the violence that has claimed multiple lives today, and we extend our sympathy to the victims’ families and extend our sympathy to the victims’ families and loved ones,” the tweet reads.
In another thread, the embassy asks Museveni and his government to respect the rights of the people even within this season of the pandemic. “We urge all parties to renounce violence, undertake good-faith measures to reduce tensions, and respect fundamental freedoms.”
The wave of protests has left at least 15 people dead and 34 others critically injured in a day long conflict with the police and military troops. The gist of the matter is the arrest of the NUP party candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert who was picked from his vehicle in a degrading manner that triggered anger among his supporters. Bobi’s arrest coupled with the regime brutality are boiling in the minds of the people as reiterated by this protester we encountered in Nakulabye. “How do they arrest a presidential candidate in that manner?,” asks Ssemanda Ibra, a Boda rider. “We are tired of this government which does not respect our rights,” he adds.
Kyagulanyi remains in custody at Nalufenya prison in Jinja where he spent the night while FDC’s Eng. Patrick Amuriat Oboi remains detained at Gulu CPS. Protesters have vowed to advance with their agenda till the regime spits the detained political prisoners.
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