Kampala, Uganda – By our reporter.
Uganda’s President Yoweri T Kaguta Museveni moments ago (9:10pm EAT Sunday 29th November 2020) has concluded his special address to Ugandans televised on all local channels and his Facebook page live from Mbale Eastern Uganda.
Museveni began by sending condolences to the victims of the recent Kampala riots
”I send condolences to Ugandans that lost their relatives in these senseless riots. The government will compensate those who lost their lives and properties, but we shall not compensate those who died and were rioters, NO WAY.”
Museveni says unfortunately, 54 people died in this confusion, 32 of them were rioters according to the report he got. Some were hit by stray bullets, some were knocked.
Museveni added that the attack on people wearing NRM shirts, officers in uniform should never happen again. ”Whoever has ears should listen. “You are not doing anyone a favor to keep the law.” he warned.
Museveni also said inspite of the weakness of the police that allows impunity of lawlessness to persist, the overall security posture of Uganda is robust and that is where people (like these rioters) make miscalculations and added they will be defeated.
He said as the country looks forward to emerging from this COVID-19 nightmare, his government shall organize bailouts for businesses that have been affected by the pandemic; these include among others; private schools, the entertainment industry, the hospitality industry, street vendors and others.
About Bobi Wine.
Museveni used this address to lash out on his main political challenger Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and said “If Hon Kyagulanyi was arrested, his supporters should have waited for him to go to court like he eventually. The feeling that Kyagulanyi is untouchable because he is a politician and prompts people to riot must NEVER be repeated.” He said.
Museveni also played videos of police officers being attacked, women in yellow shirts undressed and rioters offloading tyres to be burnt. He says they tried stoning cameras on streets with intention of covering nasty acts they were engaging in.
Wine’s live broadcast.
As Museveni addressed the nation, Bobi Wine also took him up on facebook live attracting 21,000 viewers during the address but total views rose to 250,000 with more than 50,000 shares and 80,000 comments latter.
Bobi who was seated with two older women (Western & Northern Uganda National Unity Platform- NUP vice presidents) told his audience that he doesnt get funds from foreigners rather from Ugandans domestically and in diaspora.
Wine read out three mobile money lines asking his supporters to continue sending him support.
He called upon Ugandans to protest in the ballot box while voting for him.
Wine also sent condolences to the victims of the riots pointing out a 15 year old who was shot dead.
Wine also played several songs of his revolutionary music during this address.