Yesterday at around 9 pm President Museveni released a press statement on his Facebook page showing his dissatisfaction and disapproval on ways the security organs subdued the Monday pro #FreeBobiWine riots in Kampala and metropolitan areas.
Museveni went ahead to name the victims who lost their lives at hand of police especially Sekisivu, who was in a taxi, together with others, going to participate in football matches somewhere else. He promised the police officer who carried out the misdeed to be punished by law.
I must condemn in the strongest terms the shooting by the Police of one of our Bazukulu, Sekisivu, who was in a taxi, together with others, going to participate in football matches somewhere else. The Policemen involved will be punished. Fortunately, they were identified.
Museveni showed anger in his statement asking himself about the stray bullet, it should be noted that during the pro #FreeBobiWine riots Ugandan at Katwe lost his life due to stray bullet by a police office. Museveni condemned the police for using lethal or excessive force in cracking down simple riots.
I condemn in the strongest terms, the killing of somebody, in the Katwe area, whose name I have not yet been told by elements of the Security forces. When I asked the Police, I was told of a stray bullet being responsible for the death. A stray bullet (a bullet that goes away from the target) originally aimed at what and why?
Museveni went a head to condemn Mityana rioters calling them trouble causer and advised them that violence is not the solution to Uganda’s problem rather calmness and dialogue is the way forward.
Besides, peace is a right of every Ugandan. You have absolutely no right to trample over my Kiosk, damage my shop or my car or cause damage to my farm because of your political ambitions. Peace is a right and not a favour from anybody. If you want to make a political statement, work with the Police, walk peacefully to an agreed, non- populated point and give your views. In UK, they have Hyde Park. In Uganda, people can use Kololo or other rally points. After the rallies, the organizers should tell the followers to go home peacefully. Is that too much?