KADAGA:EC TO BLAME FOR ONGOING BOBI PROTESTS
By Mulengera Reporters
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has this Thursday evening released a cautiously-worded statement about the ongoing protests and political violence across the country with a call on security forces to treat all people humanly during their ongoing pacification operations aimed at mitigating the rampaging riots.
In the same statement, Kadaga says the protests manifest inadequate civic education among the people of Uganda and squarely places the blame on the EC which she faults for failing in its duties to ensure all Ugandans become adequately empowered with civic education information. The following is the message she released a short while ago via her social media accounts.
I wish to register and express my innermost sadness at events happening countrywide as a result of ongoing campaigns. Such events should not be condoned in society. The Media has reported demonstrations happening in various parts of the country over the arrest and detention of Presidential Aspirant Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu. In Kampala alone, it was reported that at least four (4) people lost their lives and scores sustained injuries during the demonstrations.
I therefore call upon all candidates to appeal to their supporters, to exercise restraint from indulging in detestable activities, which may result in the loss of lives and property as well as livelihoods. Special appeal is hereby made to the various security agencies and operatives to execute their duties and responsibilities as enshrined in the various legal regimes establishing them, while at the same time exercising restraint from violating human rights.
I wish to appeal to the Electoral Commission, as the body constitutionally mandated to manage electoral processes in the country, to institute all mechanisms possible to ensure adequate civic education which would deter the citizenry from engaging in such destructive behavior. It is crystal clear that the ongoing demonstrations and related matters are a direct replica of inadequate civic education conducted by the Electoral Commission.
And to all fellow Ugandans out there, I wish to inform you that there’s life after elections. Uganda belongs to each and every one of us and the ongoing electoral processes should not come in between us but rather should unite us for a common good and a better Uganda, today, tomorrow and for eternity. I thank you. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).