The government has warned of the likely increase in causalities that followed the arrest of National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi on Wednesday which have many people Dead.
“The loss of lives and destruction of property that happened yesterday was very unfortunate.
This number could continue to grow if you take into account the countrywide incidences,” government Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba said.
“Usually, the victims of this lawlessness are innocent pedestrians trying to get to safety or the early responders such as the police,” She said.
Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine was on Wednesday morning arrested in Luuka District were he was scheduled to have his first campaign of the day. He was later detained at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja District, a move that spiked nationwide protests demanding for his release which have since moved to day two.
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Nabakooba also condemned the incidents and called upon the public especially the youth to stay away from the rioting.
” Starting fires in the middle of the road, looting, attacking others because of their political ideology is wrong and should be condemned by everyone,” she said.
According to the police statement, Kyagulanyi was arrested for defying the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines on coronavirus.
The police spokesperson, Fred Enanga however said that police registered others crimes of looting, vandalism, and robbery by hooligans who took advantage of the protests.