JSA has been informed of new plans by some individuals and political groups, promoting another round of “KUNGA” stay-at-home protests on August 15th and 16th, 2022.
The Joint Security Agencies are aware of new plans by selected individuals and political groups, that are promoting another round II “KUNGA” stay-at-home protests, on the 15th and 16th of August, 2022.
The protests allegedly against high prices of commodities in the country are similar to the KUNGA protests of 25th – 27th July, which did not materialise as they had been planned.
According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, the July protests were ignored by peace-loving Ugandans, apart from a few youths and boda boda riders, who held riots and political demonstrations in Namulesa, Mafubira, Wairaka and Nakabango in Jinja district.
He, however, mentioned that 162 suspects were arrested for obstruction of the road, destruction of the road, looting of shops, incitement to violence, and holding unlawful assemblies among others; out of whom 105 were taken to court and remanded.
He assured that even this time round the task teams have been empowered to ensure the strikes do not go on.
“The strategy they are using will backfire because it is baseless and has no solutions, given to Ugandans to compel them to stay-at-home. They are simply using the global crisis and inflation, to invoke fears in the public and motivate them to support their politics,” Enanga said.
He reminded Ugandans and visitors to continue living in peace and dignity. He challenged whoever feels intimidated to not hesitate to contact the nearest police for assistance.
“No one has the right to restrict their movement to work, take children to school, or go about their daily activities. As usual, we are well prepared to respond proportionally against all perpetrators of violent crime and lawlessness,” Enanga added saying the protest chants are being led by some politicians seeking recognition.
“We also urge the public to stop sharing such baseless messages by politicians and enemies of our country, who are bent on disrupting the prevailing peace, safety and security in the country. We do reiterate that we are not targeting free speech rights but remain focused on a sophisticated campaign of instigating violence and civil uprisings in our country, which we shall not tolerate.”