Amb. Attilio Pacifici head of the European Union to Uganda.

 

 

The European Union delegation to Uganda together with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea have called government carry out an investigation into riots that claimed over 50 people dead.

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In a short statement emailed to newsrooms,  says that Uganda witnessed rioting, chaos as well as disproportionate use of force by security services. The statement further says the government of Uganda and its institutions have the responsibility to ensure the safety, security and dignified treatment of all citizens including electoral candidates and their supporters in line with national laws and Uganda’s international human rights commitments.

“The deaths of dozens of people amidst widespread violence marred the electoral campaigns on November 18 and 19. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, who reportedly include innocent bystanders. A full and independent investigation should be launched into the events of November 18 and 19 to ensure justice for victims and avoid impunity for perpetrators who must be held accountable for their action”

They further asked political players in the electoral process to refrain  from violence, inflammatory language and 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 relevant regulations designed to curb the spread of the virus”.

Violence and riots erupted in some parts of Uganda last week when police arrested one of the presidential candidates Robert Kyagulanyi popularly know as Bobi Wine at political rally in Eastern Uganda on allegations that he had not observed the #Covid-19 SOPs. He was subsequently detained and later on after two days produced in court. He is out on bail.