NUP Spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi accuses police of abdicating their responsibility by failure to take action against Sipapa. “He is guarded by police and other fellows who carry guns, he has one himself. The other day he came here and shot at our gate. One of our fellows got injured and the young people are saying we want answers,” he said.
kid teargassed by police during kamwokya protests
An unidentified minor was one of those who suffered the
effects of teargas fired by Anti-riot police while battling People power
activists in the city suburb of Kamwokya in Kampala on Thursday afternoon. The minor was with his mother at their home near the National Unity Platform-NUP
party headquarters when the protests by the activists started.
The minor’s mother, who didn’t disclose her name, says they
were inside their home when the teargas canister dropped on their doorsteps. “They
fired the teargas on the door of our home. It found us inside the house and
that is why we have been badly affected,” she told our reporter.
It took the intervention of Good Samaritans to administer
first aid and wash the minor’s face with water to rescue the minor from the
effects of the teargas. The activists had taken to the streets to protest
police’s failure to apprehend music promoter, Charles Orema alias Sipapa in
connection to two incidents of shooting on August 30th and September
15th at the NUP offices in Contafrica zone Kamwokya II Parish in
Kampala Central Division.
NUP Spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi
accuses police of abdicating their responsibility by failure to take action against Sipapa.
“He is guarded by police and other fellows who carry guns, he has one himself.
The other day he came here and shot at our gate. One of our fellows got injured
and the young people are saying we want answers,” he said.
According to Ssenyonyi, they will
not sit back and watch someone shooting at people and no action is taken. “We can
take charge of our own security. A lousy thug is not going to come here and kill
people while we keep watching. We cannot allow that,” Ssenyonyi said.
In his statement issued on
Thursday afternoon, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick
Onyango, says they have arrested 20 suspects in connection to the protest. “The
suspects are being charged with staging an illegal procession,” he said.
revealed that the suspect’s file is already being processed for submission to the
Director of Public Prosecutions for perusal and sanctioning. He also says that they had
recovered the all the tyres used in the demonstration from the building
belonging to Fred Ssentamu Nyanzi, the elder brother of NUP President, Robert
He, however, said they have received intelligence reports
that more tyres are being ferried. “We want to urge NUP supporters
that the government has institutions where they can channel their grievances
other than taking the law in their hands,” the statement reads.
Charles Twine, the Spokesperson of
Criminal Investigations Directorate, said they have commenced investigations
into the allegations levelled against Sipapa by the People power activists. “Investigations commenced and action will be
taken on evidence,” he said.