Protest Death Toll in Uganda Rises to 45

Uganda Police said that protests in Kampala and in other cities last week have killed at least 45 people.

Uganda police said that protests in Kampala and in other cities last week have killed at least 45 people.

“It is very unfortunate that the riots have so after claimed 45 lives, which included 39 male adults and six women, whom fall in the age bracket of 25 to 40. A total of 42 bodies have been claimed, while three remain unclaimed,” the Ugandan Police Force stated on Twitter.

Protests in Uganda started when the police arrested presidential candidate Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, last Nov. 18 due to a breach in COVID-19 regulations during an assembly.

Reports said that police fired live rounds and tear gas when Wine’s supporters gathered to the streets, blocking roads and lighting tires.

Videos on social media also showed gunmen firing rifles in an attempt to stop the protests.

Enanga told CNN that investigations on police officers “allegedly conducting themselves unprofessionally” are ongoing.

Enanga also told reporters on Nov. 23 that police arrested 836 individuals during the protests and 362 had been charged in court.

“We do understand the right to protest but we also come out to say to the public that even amidst these protests people come out and take advantage to break the law,” Enanga said, citing alleged looting and property damage by protesters.

Wine told CNN that the people killed are “unarmed” and “non-violent” and that it is the “total responsibility of President Museveni and the military.”

Wine was released on bail last Nov. 20.


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