The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba has urged the public to keep calm, say no to riots and civil disobedience and support the Police in identifying the crime suspects in the ongoing protests.
“Country men and women, the loss of lives and destruction of property that happened yesterday was very unfortunate and the numbers could continue to grow if the public doesn’t take into account the countrywide incidences,” Nabakooba said.
In a statement released today by the Ministry, Nabakooba said that some of the images show situations where people are directly attacking police officers who were trying to restore order.
“Usually, the victims of this lawlessness are innocent pedestrians trying to get to safety or the early responders such as the police,” she said.
Nabakooba further condemned these unfortunate incidences and called upon everyone especially the youth to stay away from any form of 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.
As per the revised Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines, campaign meetings are now limited to 200 participants.
Nabakooba insisted that it is therefore important that all presidential candidates make an effort towards respecting these guidelines.
“They are for our own good. I must appreciate the efforts by His Excellency the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in restraining the public against crowding,” she said.
She noted that other candidates such as General Mugisha Muntu of ANT have also been singled out as being exemplary.
“If these were normal circumstances, I believe all candidates have the capacity to mobilise huge numbers at their campaign events. However, given the COVID-19 circumstances, any candidate that cares about the lives of others should make an effort against crowding.”
Nabakooba also called upon the general public to understand that it is everyone’s responsibility to prevent COVID-19.
“If you must attend a campaign event, remember to have your mask on all the time. All candidates should ensure that their campaign venues have water, soap and sanitizers for all those attending. The campaign period has less than two months to go, we cannot give up our battle against COVID-19. Let everyone work towards peace in this campaign period,” she urged.