The Executive Director of Chapter Four Uganda Nicholas
Opiyo says they have started gathering and documenting evidence on the November 2020 riots.
Riots broke out in different parts of the country shortly after the arrest of
the National Unity Platform president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his
campaigns in Luuka district and subsequent detention at Nalufenya Police
Station for alleged violation of COVID-19 guidelines.
Hundreds of people power supporters took to the streets demanding his immediate
release. According to the government, 54 people were killed in the
protests and several others injured by security personnel while quelling the
Opiyo, who is also human rights lawyer, notes that days after the
incident they formed a team and started gathering evidence from districts of
Wakiso, Kampala, Iganga, and Luuka.
However, he adds that in December, their offices were broken into by security
officers who confiscated all the documents that had been gathered about the
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Opiyo says that since the documents were confiscated, they
couldn’t seek justice for the families of the victims. He however adds that they
have now embarked on re-documenting evidence and rebuilding their file.
He says that although they don’t know how long the process will take, they are
determined to collect all the necessary evidence to uncover the lies that have
been told by the government regarding the incident.
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Opiyo also disputes the number of dead presented by the government
claiming that when security officers broke into his office, his team had so far
gathered evidence indicating 132 people who had lost their lives.
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Charles Twine, the spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Department, said
they are still investigating riot killings.
In December, President Yoweri Museveni, quoting a partial report availed to him
by director Criminal Investigations Directorate, Grace Akullo, said out of the
54 people killed in the protests, 20 of them killed people were innocent.
The President also said that government will compensate those who lost their lives
and properties, but not compensate those who died and were rioters.
To seek justice, several family members of the deceased and those
that sustained serious injuries have been seen petition the speaker of
parliament, others have tried to stage demonstrations to raise their voices
while a few have dragged the government to courts of