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EU Calls for Probe into Bobi Wine Riots

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) has called on the government to launch an investigation into last week’s violent riots in Kampala and neighboring districts which were sparked by the arrest of Presidential candidate Bobi Wine.

The EU in statement said the government should carry out “a full and independent investigation into the events of 18th and 19th of November, to ensure justice for victims and to avoid impunity for the perpetrators who must be held accountable for their actions.”

At least 45 people according to police records were killed in the riots, and hundreds injured as security forces descended into the streets to battle angry rioters who were protesting the detention of Bobi Wine in Luuka.

A number of victims were reported to be innocent bystanders and people who were going about their businesses.

Over 800 people have also been arrested in connection to the riots.

In the statement, the European countries of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Iceland and Norway sent out condolences to the families of the victims.

The EU went on to describe the force used by security forces in dealing with the rioters “disproportionate”.

“The Movement of Uganda and its institutions have the responsibility to ensure the safety, security and dignified treatment of all citizens, inducing electoral candidates and their supporters, in line with national laws and Uganda’s international human rights commitments,” the EU said in the statement.

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On the other hand, these also urged all political parties and electoral candidates to “call upon their supporters to refrain from violence and inflammatory language, and to take firm action to end any provocation or incitement to violence or any unlawful action.”

“All political parties, candidates and their supporters should ensure the full implementation of the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and the relevant regulations designed to curb the spread of the virus.”

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