Ugandan Minister Calls For Calm After Deadly Protests

Uganda’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Judith Nabakooba, on Thursday called for calm after deadly protests in Kampala and other major towns in the country left several people dead and dozens injured.

The minister, in a statement urged the public, especially the youth, to stay away from any form of rioting.

“Starting fire in the middle of the road, looting, attacking others because of their political ideology is wrong and should be condemned by everyone.

“I call upon the public to cooperate with the police in identifying the suspects behind this unfortunate incidence.’’

Violent protests broke out on Wednesday and Thursday after opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested over violation of COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

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Police in a statement on Wednesday said three people were killed and 34 others injured in Kampala.

Nabakooba said that the number could continue to grow if one takes into account the countrywide incidents.

Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, military spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that security in the capital and other major towns has been beefed up to quell the riots.

“We have to show more presence in the city to make sure that what happened yesterday doesn’t come up again.

“Also to give assurance to Ugandans that the situation is under control such that they can come back to work.’’

Uganda’s Electoral Commission earlier cleared 11 presidential candidates, including incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to run in the 2021 general elections.

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The electoral body urged candidates to follow the strict guidelines in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

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