Police have revealed that three members of the joint (Police and UPDF) forces were injured in the chaos that ensued today, on the final day of nomination of candidates for next year’s presidential election.
Another four civilians, police say, were also injured in the fracas that was mostly in Magere, and Najjanankumbi as well as down town Kampala.
One of these, police says was an unidentified male who attempted to return an exploded teargas canister and seriously injured his fingers after it exploded in his hands.
Police in a statement blamed the chaos on two presidential candidates, Bobi Wine of NUP and Patrick Amuriat of FDC.
“To begin with Hon. Amuriat blatantly defied the traffic flow plan agreed upon from his home in Najjera to Kyambogo. He instead opted to proceed to Najjanankumbi to lead a delegation of over 2000 supporters in total disregard of the Electoral and Health SOPs. He however, was safely transported to Kyambogo,” said Police spokesperson Fred Enanga.
And while Bobi Wine had initially cooperated with the police team, Enanga says his “mobilized supporters” caused a number of hold-ups along the way.
“After his successful nomination, he had similar plans of holding illegal processions from Kyambogo to Kamwokya NUP Headquarters, which we countered due to its negative impact on the flow of Traffic, Public Safety and Public order. He was forcefully removed from his vehicle, and a fracas ensued in the process of transferring him to the Police Vehicle. He was eventually safely delivered to his home in Magere,” he said.’
In the chaos Enanga says a total of 49 suspects were arrested for engaging in demonstrations around Kiseka Market, Mini Price, Kisasi, Ntinda, Najjanankumbi and Nakasozi Buddo.
“We strongly condemn the tactics used by the two opposition figures, since such acts of defiance only bring greater violence such as lawlessness and violence against Law Enforcement Personnel and other Ugandans,” Enanga said.
“We urge all voters to know that it is their democratic right to support a candidate of their own choice. They should therefore, avoid violent confrontations that could spiral out of control between supporters of rival political factions as well as with the Law Enforcement Agencies.”