The probe, according to Brig Byekwaso, is intended to establish if any of their personnel deployed that day was responsible for the killing of innocent people.
Army and Defence Spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso
In a bid to understand who shot and killed 54 people
during the sporadic protests that followed the arrest of presidential
candidate, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, Uganda People Defence
Forces –UPDF is also conducting own investigations.
Protests which in some areas turned into riots started
when police commanded by former Kampala police commander, Frank Mwesigwa,
arrested Kyagulanyi at his campaign venue in Luuka District.
Brig Flavia Byekwaso, Army and Defence Spokesperson,
said the public will be updated once the investigations are concluded. The probe,
according to Brig Byekwaso, is intended to establish if any of their personnel
deployed that day was responsible for the innocently killed people.
President Yoweri Museveni, quoting a partial report
availed to him by director Criminal Investigations Directorate, AIGP Grace
Akullo, said out of the 54 people killed in the protests, 20 of the killed people were innocent.
Brig Byekwaso said for that reason, UPDF has to ensure
investigations are done thoroughly by viewing all footages and gathering
information on who was responsible for 20 people who lost their life in the
November 18 and 19 riots.
“The investigations are going on, and we are talking
about every person who was innocently killed and others" Brig Byekwaso said. But when it is ready
we shall come out.”
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Various police sources who spoke to Uganda Radio
Network –URN after the shocking killings attributed to them to uncoordinated operations by various security agencies. Some police officers
said they saw plain clothed security personnel from Chieftaincy of Military
Intelligence –CMI, Internal Security Organisation –ISO, Crime Intelligence shooting
at people who were standing by roadside and verandas on Arcades.
Videos were also shared on social media showing
Military Police and other UPDF soldiers shooting inside buildings. Plain clothed
men were also seen firing randomly in crowds in places like Nasser Road,
Kampala Road, Mukono, Usafi and Banda.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, last week told journalist
that ballistic and forensic experts had picked some guns of security personnel
captured firing at crowds with the view of connecting them to casings picked from the ground and and to bullets
retrieved from bodies to their guns.
Since the protests ended, a number of people have been
grabbed and bundled in numberless vehicles by plain clothed men. Various security personnel
have claimed that the plain clothed men arresting people are from CMI.
However, Brig Byekwaso said she had not been informed
about people arrested by CMI. “Unfortunately, I don’t have this information
that CMI is picking people. From my institutional point of view, I do not think
that this is CMI. I spoke to them and they said they do not have them,” Brig
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A senior police officer told URN that they are
receiving people coming to their police stations searching for their people
allegedly arrested for orchestrating protests but they have not appeared in
court and they do not know where the missing persons are.
Senior Staff Reporter
Mr Joseph Kato graduated with a Master's Degree of Art in Journalism & Communication on February 02, 2024 at Makerere University. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Journalism and Media Studies which he attained in 2023 at Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway.
Mr Kato holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University. The Master's Degree studies and a decade of journalism practice have enabled Mr Kato to be one of the reliable researchers in areas of conflict, r