The Director Operations Edward Ochom said that the police was forced to use tear gas and fire live bullets to disperse rallies because the candidates and their supporters were holding rallies contrary to the Covid-19 preventive directives.
The Executive Director of Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ), Robert Sempala said that Ochola’s statement led to an increase in cases against journalists. Sempala told Members of Parliament on the Human Rights Committee that they registered 174 cases of human rights violations against journalists during the electoral process.
The agency cited wanton killings by security forces, arrests and beatings of opposition supporters and journalists, disruption of opposition rallies, and a shutdown of the internet as major setbacks in the pursuit of democracy and the rule of law.
At least four ladies, three of whom were shot with live bullets and one knocked by security operatives are in dire need of medical care. They were taken to hospital, but after the removing of the bullets from their bodies, they were sent home with no qualified personnel to attend to their gunshot wounds.
Subsequently, a group of youth started pelting stones at the police and later blocked Soroti- Lira road, adjacent to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital. The other groups took off to the Soroti Sports Ground chanting FDC slogans. They burnt tyres on the road, blocking traffic for about 30 minutes before the police dispersed them.
The group alleged that some of its members are missing while others have either been injured or killed. Its spokesperson Joel Senyonnyi tasked the police to investigate cases where some people power leaders and coordinators are being targeted across the country.
According to Kayihura, no eviction should get out of hand because police as a supervisor has the mandate to halt it until both sides agree. Enforcement of court orders is the sole responsibility of judicial officers represented by court bailiffs.
Patrick Ogwang, a political activist claims that police used goons to attack the legislators. He says several people lost their property like motorcycles and other valuables to the goons under police watch
According to police sources, Baroza has also been giving orders to senior commanders and police directors since he was elevated from the rank of Superintendent of Police to Assistant Commissioner of Police in January 2016.
The DPP is challenging a decision by Makindye Chief Magistrates Court denying him an automatic takeover of a case in which Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura, and seven other senior police commanders are facing trial for police brutality against civilians.