28 dead, 577 arrested in Bobi Wine riots- police

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CP Fred Enanga, Uganda Police Spokesperson, says a total of 28 people have died following the violent political demonstrations, in multiple areas since 18.11.2020.

The violent demonstrations were being coordinated by a group of three hundred (300) ring leaders who were actively coordinating the distribution of tyres to their flash points and hotspots, using Motor vehicles and Boda bodas.

Some of the ring leaders have been arrested and we are still seeking other ring leaders, notably among them are the following;

  1. Malingolingo Nkedi – contesting for councillorship in Nansana Municipality.
  2. Machete Ashraf, the commander freedom bodabodas who are about 50 in number
  3. Nusfa Nakato, a candidate for councilor seat at KCCA
  4. Kulya Saul – KCCA councilor Kawempe North
  5. Rodha alias Maama Kampala mobilizer for NUP cells in Bwaise and Kyebando indusial area
  6. Bagonza Thomas, the NUP candidate for councilor seat Bwaise II, in Kawempe
  7. Mathais Walukagga, mobilizing in Busoga Region.

“Therefore, what we have seen in the last two days i.e., the violence, vandalism looting, intimidation and threats, are crimes that were being committed targeting people who are not pro-NUP and also against people’s property.

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“Now this is something that we shall not tolerate” – CP Fred Enanga said.

“Those who continue to encourage rioting and threaten individuals on account of their tribes and beliefs etc, across Facebook posts, Twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp will be attended to by our cybercrime teams”.

It’s clear that the organized attacks were aided by social media to sow discord of hatred in society and further instigated by the ring leaders which fitted the pattern that some of the NUP leaders and supporters want chaos, he said.

Several exhibits including bows and arrows, piles of stocked tyres, bottles, drums of fuel, and evidence of mobile money transactions funding the rioters.

A total of 577 suspects were arrested, some of whom appeared in court on the 19.11.2020, while others are expected to appear today, including the Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert.

Most of the arrests involved suspects from the KMP area, where the NUP cells were mostly created, followed by Masaka and Mityana; while the remaining group of suspects were from Busoga and Mbale respectively.

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