By Frank Kamuntu
Mbale: In his address to Ugandans on the state of affairs and security in the nation, President Museveni has revealed that the government will compensate all the victims of Kyagulanyi’s protest who were not part of the riots.
“We shall compensate all the victims of the protest and their properties if they can be verified will be compensated, but the blame should be put on leaders who don’t follow the set COVID-19 guidelines a threat to lives of innocent Ugandans,” Museveni noted.
Museveni blamed the rioters saying even though their candidate Kyagulanyi was arrested, they should have waited for him to go to court like he eventually did instead of crushing government properties. “The feeling that Kyagulanyi is untouchable because he is a politician and prompts people to riot must never be repeated.”
He also noted that the opposition’s attack on his supporters wearing party yellow shirts, the attack on officers in uniform should also never happen again. “Whoever has ears should listen. You are not doing anyone a favor to keep the law.”
He further warned that those attacking police, that in spite of the weakness of the officers that allows impunity of lawlessness to persist, “the overall security posture of Uganda is robust and that is where people (like these rioters) make miscalculations; You will be defeated.”
On the other hand, he blamed police for shooting directly in crowds saying this led to the death of 54 people that include 32 whom he said were rioters and many of these were hit by stray bullets and others knocked.