Police apologise over use of live bullets
By John Eche
The police in Uganda have said that they deeply regret their use of live bullets in response to demonstrations that had been triggered by the arrest of opposition politician, Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, and which had resulted in the death of about 50 persons.
According to the police director in charge of operations, Mr Edward Ochom, the firing of live bullets as a way of dispersing crowds was unprofessional and uncalled for, noting that the proper thing that officers should have done was to deploy teargas if such a need had arisen. He revealed that investigations were presently underway to determine the culpability or otherwise of individual officers in the unfortunate saga.
“The circumstances under which we lost those lives is really regrettable and it would have been avoided if our officers had used teargas to disperse the protesters. However, there is a scientific investigation going on to establish which guns fired the live bullets and I can assure you those officers who did will be individually held accountable,” the operations director outlined.
The 38-year old Bobi Wine who is a businessman and pop star-turned-politician, is widely seen as the principal contender in a long-running struggle to bring to an end the perpetual rule of 76-year old President Yoweri Museveni.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda