Gulu Archbishop, His Grace John Baptist Odama warns Police against shootings
Gulu Archbishop, His Grace John Baptist Odama has cautioned the Uganda Police and other sister security agencies against the use of guns while dealing with opposition politicians.
Odama says the differences occurring between police and opposition politicians can be settled through dialogue other than using the gun.
“In killing you are not addressing the issue, the issue is people have disagreed to live among themselves, how do you shot the problem with a gun? How do you solve it with a gun? It doesn’t make any sense. We should sit down, discuss why is this happening, how can we address it,”Tweet
In his remarks, Odama advised security agencies to handle political issues with care and save the country from a repeat of the dark days where gun ruled the nation.
“Issues of politics you cannot solve them by guns, no! Dialogue, understanding, meetings, and discussing issues using the brain and then you can address the issues for the good of human beings. And therefore, I would appeal to those who hold the guns, put the nasal of the gun dowTweet
The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and Police have distanced themselves from the case where a man was shot dead in the evening in Nansana Masitowa stage.
However, Odama says any opposition politician or leader who bleaches the law should be arrested and prosecuted in courts of law.
“Bring him/her in front of the court, if there’s something criminal. And let it be solved through the court, rather than solve it by just gun at once,” Odama noted.Tweet
Archbishop Odama’s remarks follow the recent death of People Power supporter Daniel Kyeyune after he was shot by Police in Nansana.
People power activists, a political pressure group led by the Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine lined up at the road in Nansana Masitoowa, Wakiso District to catch sight of Bobi Wine who was returning from Rita Nabukenya’s funeral in Kiboga District.
This resulted in running battles between Police and People Power supporters which in the end caused a loss of life.
People Power spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi said Dan Kyeyune died following a gunshot on the head by police making him the second People Power supporter to be killed under unclear circumstances in just two days.
Police registered the case as ‘murder by shooting’ whose intention was not yet established.
The Nansana standoff began when police tried to control a procession by People Power activists who were returning from the burial of their colleague, Ritah Nabukenya in Kiboga District.
Nabukenya succumbed to injuries she sustained in a motor accident in Nakawa on Monday.
Police are accused by People Power of deliberately knocking dead Nabukenya as she made her way to the blocked Bobi Wine consultation meeting in Ndeeba on Monday 24th/ February/ 2020.