The National Youth Council (NYC) has called upon all the youth in Uganda, to avoid engaging in politics of protests and violence, which they said often leads to loss of lives and properties.
NYC believes all youth irrespective of which party they support can still achieve their objectives and goals, if they remain calm and peaceful, when supporting their candidates of their choice.
Between Wednesday and Thursday this week, protests mainly dominated by youth broke out countrywide, following the arrest of the Robert Kyagulanyi, the presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in Luuka district, where he had gone to carry out his usual campaigns on Wednesday.
Police said yesterday that 37 lives were lost in the riots while over 500 sustained injuries.
Addressing journalists at Makerere Guest House, Jacob Eyaru the NYC Chairperson said, “I call upon all young youth to desist from engaging or being agents of violence, while expressing their political opinions.”
“It is not careful for the young people to walk towards the future through politics and when at the same are not keeping ourselves safe to witness that future. We thus urge young people to remain calm and peaceful,”
“We also urge our youth to further reject every attempt to be used as perpetrators of violence and lawlessness, because all this remains our country regardless of which political party you work for whether; NRM, NUP, DP, FDC or any other,” he noted.
He also called upon the security forces to exercise restraints in the discharge of their duties to quell riots around the Cities because of the sake of the normal Ugandans who go along with their businesses, who turn out to be victims.
“These Ugandans are always caught up, where these riots are always. As the national Executive Committee, we want to say that if security does not exercise restraint, innocent lives get lost and these are mostly people who don’t have anything to do with riots,” he said.
This comes after Police have vowed to arrest all the 300 ring leaders, whom it said coordinated the violence in spite of the release of Kyagulanyi on Court Bail, by the Iganga Court Chief Magistrate.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga in a statement on Friday said that the violent demonstrations were being coordinated by a group of 300 ring leaders whom he said were actively distributing tyres to the flash points and hotspots, using Motor vehicles, boda-boda and others means.
Some of these ring leaders have been arrested and we are still seeking others and notably among them are; Nkedi Malingolingio from Nansana, Ashraf Machete-the commander of Freedom boda-boda group, Nusfa Nakato, a KCCA Councilor, Saul Kulya, a KCCA Councilior, Rodha alias Mama Kampala, NUP Mobiliser in Bwaise, Thomas Bagonza NUP Candidate for Councilor Bwaise II and Mathais Walukagga who mobilsed in Busoga.