The Minister of ICT & National Guidance Hon. Judith Nabakooba has apologized to the country about the loss of lives and destruction of property that happened early last week on 18th November 2020 after the arrest of Hon. Kyagulanyi Sentamu Robert a presidential candidate.
She said the situation of violent demonstrations was unfortunate and expressed worries that the number of incidences could continue to grow if incidences are accounted for countrywide.
The Minister expressed a concern that in some of the images that have been shared in the media, indicate situations where people are directly attacking police officers who were trying to restore order.
However, she says that usually the victims of lawlessness are innocent pedestrians trying to get to safety or the early responders such as the police.
Hon. Nabakooba has condemned the mayhem and called upon everyone especially the youth to stay away from any form of rioting and any act that violets the law of the land.
“Starting fires in the middle of the road, looting, attacking others because of their political ideology is wrong and should be condemned by everyone.
I call upon the public to cooperate with the police in identifying the suspects behind these unfortunate incidences, she added. The Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health provided electoral guidelines which restrain the public on crowding including a limited number of 200 people for any public event.”
This was intended to guide the country in the national election amidst a pandemic that has claimed several lives.
The Minister singled out General Mugisha Muntu of ANT for being an exemplary leader who observes the SOPs during all his campaign meetings.
She also emphasized that it is everyone’s responsibility to prevent COVID-19 and if you must attend a campaign event, remember to have your mask on all the time.
All candidates have been reminded to work towards peace during the campaign period and to ensure that their campaign venues have water, soap and sanitizers for all those attending.