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Speaker Kadaga who made the remarks via her social media platform said that the related matters are a direct replica of inadequate civic education conducted by the Electoral Commission. FILE PHOTO

Kadaga said that the Electoral Commission (EC) is responsible for the ongoing demonstrations and protests around the country.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga Thursday said that the Electoral Commission (EC) is responsible for the ongoing demonstrations and protests around the country.

Following Bobi Wine’s arrest in Luuka district on Wednesday this week, many Ugandans have since come out to protest the action demanding the police to release the legislator.

For two days now, protests have rushed to the streets to burn tyres and rubbish in the middle of the roads as well as aim stones towards the police officers as an expression of their dissatisfaction.

According to a police statement, the ongoing protests have since resulted into several people sustaining injuries and close to 20 people also reported dead with also a growing concern that the numbers might increase in the coming days.

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However, while responding to the violent scenes, Speaker Kadaga who made the remarks via her social media platform said that the related matters are a direct replica of inadequate civic education conducted by the Electoral Commission.  

“I wish to appeal to the Electoral Commission, as the body constitutionally mandated to manage electoral processes in the country, to institute all mechanisms possible to ensure adequate civic education which would deter the citizenry from engaging in such destructive behavior,” Kadaga said.

“It is crystal clear that the ongoing demonstrations and related matters are a direct replica of inadequate civic education conducted by the Electoral Commission.”

Also, the Speaker said that such events should not be condoned in society. She called upon all candidates to appeal to their supporters, to exercise restraint from indulging in detestable activities, which may result in the loss of lives and property as well as livelihoods.

She further urged the general public to desist from any form of violence and unite as one because there is life even after the elections. 

“I therefore call upon all candidates to appeal to their supporters, to exercise restraint from indulging in detestable activities, which may result in the loss of lives and property as well as livelihoods,” Kadaga added.

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“I wish to inform you that there’s life after elections. Uganda belongs to each and everyone of us and the ongoing electoral processes should not come in between us but rather should unite us for a common good and a better Uganda, today, tomorrow and for eternity.”

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Speaker Kadaga who made the remarks via her social media platform said that the related matters are a direct replica of inadequate civic education conducted by the Electoral Commission. FILE PHOTO

Below is Kadaga’s statement in full

I wish to register and express my innermost sadness at events happening countrywide as a result of ongoing campaigns. Such events should not be condoned in society. 

The Media has reported demonstrations happening in various parts of the country over the arrest and detention of Presidential Aspirant Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu

In Kampala alone, it was reported that at least four (4) people lost their lives and scores sustained injuries during the demonstrations.  

I, therefore, call upon all candidates to appeal to their supporters, to exercise restraint from indulging in detestable activities, which may result in the loss of lives and property as well as livelihoods.

A special appeal is hereby made to the various security agencies and operatives to execute their duties and responsibilities as enshrined in the various legal regimes establishing them, while at the same time exercising restraint from violating human rights.  

I wish to appeal to the Electoral Commission, as the body constitutionally mandated to manage electoral processes in the country, to institute all mechanisms possible to ensure adequate civic education which would deter the citizenry from engaging in such destructive behaviour.  

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It is crystal clear that the ongoing demonstrations and related matters are a direct replica of inadequate civic education conducted by the Electoral Commission.  

And to all fellow Ugandans out there, I wish to inform you that there’s life after elections.  

Uganda belongs to every one of us and the ongoing electoral processes should not come in between us but rather should unite us for a common good and a better Uganda, today, tomorrow and for eternity.

I thank you.