The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has warned against using the Covid-19 pandemic to violate different human rights during the ongoing election campaigns.
Kadaga made the statement during the Thursday afternoon plenary session in which legislators took to the floor to condemn arrests of different political players and subsequent violence and killings in protests across the country.
The CCTV photos released by Superintendent of Police –SP Patrick Onyango, who is the Kampala police spokesperson, show people carrying logs, stones, tyres, and garbage placing them in the middle of roads.
The most affected areas include Mengo, Rubaga, Kansanga, Mpererwe, Kasangati, Gayaza. Where costs ranged between 3000 to 4000 shillings but because of the riots the taxis are transporting passengers at a cost between 5000 to 7000 shillings. Other places are from Kampala to Kireka, Bweyogerere and Mukono, Nsangi, Busega, Bwaise, Kawempe where the fare has increased by 1000 shillings or more from the usual prices.
Led by the Chairperson of the IRCU Council of Presidents, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the religious leaders told journalists on Thursday that if those arrested committed crimes, they should be presented to the courts of law as the law stipulates.
Patrick Onyango, the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, confirmed that suspects are being detained almost in every police cells in Kampala metropolitan. Onyango said the number could go high since figures for Kira Division, Nansana, Kasangati and Kakiri policing divisions were yet to be included.
Dr. Jonathan Kitonsa, the study coordinator says while the respondents acknowledged attending functions, a bigger number of them said they avoid patients who report to their respective hospitals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Speaking at the FDC party headquarters at Najjanankumbi in Kampala, Nandala said the campaigns have been taken over by security agencies that brutally arrested the National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi and have started battering Ugandans demanding for his release.
The stretch from Nakawa to Namanve is heavily guarded by the Military Police, Uganda Police and Local Defense Unit personnel, mainly around Spear Motors, Kyambogo Road, Kireka Trading Centre and Bweyogerere.
Using Botometer, a social media observatory tool created at Indiana University which can detect suspected bot accounts, URN reporters found out that five of the top ten accounts tweeting about NRM manifesto messages and events are suspected bot accounts. Botometer places the likelihood of the accounts in question to be bots above 72 percent.
Kyagulanyi was arrested yesterday from Luuka district in Eastern Uganda, for allegedly flouting guidelines issued by both the Ministry of Health and the Electoral Commission to keep COVID-19 at bay. According to the recently revised guidelines, gatherings of any kind were limited to not more than 200 people, who also need to have facemasks and keep an acceptable social distance.