Politician and pop star, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known popularly as Bobi Wine who is the main opposition aspirant in this year’s election in Uganda is determined to defeat the long-serving president, Yoweri Museveni who is equally doing everything possible to retain his seat.
Unfortunately, this political tension has resulted in series of violent encounters between the Ugandan security officials and the supporters of the major opposition party, the National Unity Platform due to the consistent arrest of their leader, Bobi Wine.
These recent occurrences have claimed lots of lives and properties with some injured ahead of the country’s general election in January.
Incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni has confirmed that, “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.”
He sympathized with the victims and also stated the government’s plan to compensate the families of the victims with the exception of that of rioters.
“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.” Museveni wrote.
The President is of the view that, the party supporters are to blame for the chaos and losses suffered. He stated that, “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.”
He also issued a strong warning to the rioters by adding that, “the attack on people wearing NRM shirts, the attack on officers in uniform should NEVER happen again. Whoever has ears should listen.”
The struggle for power still continues despite the tension and losses. Do you think the president is handling affairs as he should? What do you make of the way the security agencies are treating the protestors as well?