ELECTIONS | VIOLENCE |
The Government has appealed to the public to help security forces identify the perpetrators of crime during Wednesday's riots that erupted after presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested.
Speaking to journalists on Friday, at the Ministry of Information, Communications, Technology and National Guidance offices, minister Judith Nabakooba condemned the criminal acts that led to loss of lives and property, describing the riots as unfortunate.
"I would like to condemn these unfortunate incidents. I call upon everyone, especially the youth, to stay away from any form of rioting," she said.
She urged the public to co-operate with the Police in identifying the suspects behind the incidents.
Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential flag-bearer, was arrested in Luuka district over allegations of flouting the health ministry guidelines on COVID-19. By press time, he was still under detention at Nalufenya Police Station.
In her address yesterday, Nabakooba urged presidential candidates to respect the COVID-19 guidelines as they canvass for votes.
"We must appreciate that these are unusual circumstances. The country is conducting a national election amidst a pandemic that has claimed several lives. If these were normal circumstances, I believe all candidates would have the capacity to mobilise huge numbers at their campaign events," she said.
She noted that since the campaigns are being done during the pandemic, political candidates should avoid crowds.
She also called for individual responsibility in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, noting that if one must attend a political rally, they should endeavour to wear a mask. \
"The campaign period has less than two months left to go, we cannot give up our battle against COVID-19. Let everyone work towards peace," she said. She further urged Ugandans to love and support the security forces in their effort to maintain law and order.
Regarding the brutality meted on journalists, Nabakooba said she received a petition from the foreign press and has directed the Uganda Media Centre and Media Council to investigate the claims.