The Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has said they are yet to confirm the account of the alleged nailing of a one Baker Kasumba due to Uganda Police’s past bad reputation of incriminating evidence.
Kasumba, 21, a resident of Avis Kavulu in Kawempe Division was on Wednesday intercepted by two unidentified men who hit him on the head and later nailed his hands for allegedly supporting National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Museveni.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango said, “This was a well planned and organized attack. The attackers seem to have trailed him all the way from his work place. We shall not accept this kind of political intimidation and whoever is using it should desist from it.”
However, according to People Power movement leader, the most unfortunate thing that has happened to Uganda is that no one can tell what is true and what is not true.
“We cannot at this point confirm the account of this alleged nailing of Mr. Kasumba. We hope that this time round, the authorities can professionally investigate this issue, and if found true, hold those culpable to account,” said Bobi Wine in a Facebook statement on Thursday.
“If this is true, we condemn it in the strongest terms.”
Read Bobi Wine’s statement:
I have seen these gross pictures of a young man who was allegedly attacked by unknown people, hit on the head, and had his hands nailed! According to a statement released by the police authorities, the 21 year old victim is called Kasumba Baker, resident of Kawempe.
If this is true, we condemn it in the strongest terms. President Museveni and his regime got power by using extreme violence on our people and have sustained themselves in power through extreme violence. As citizens of Uganda, no matter how much we get provoked by this regime, we must not fall into the trap of resorting to violence, because as the history of our country has showed us, violence only leads to more violence and the cycle never ends. That is why we emphasize a non-violent struggle to rid our country of dictatorship through People Power! I know that many of our comrades countywide have been arrested, beaten up and assaulted by the authorities for putting on the People Power berets in a very provocative manner- but we must always remember that the regime has deliberately tried everything to portray us as violent so as to respond to us with too much violence- let’s win by rising above their shameless schemes.
That said, I must add that the most unfortunate thing that has happened to our country is that no one can tell what is true and what is not true. Majority of the citizens cannot even tell whether what comes out of the police force is true or not. Only a few days ago, they released a ridiculous video which they claimed depicted moments of our fallen brother Ziggy Wyne at Mulago hospital! Many who watched it could not help but wonder how we ended up here. Therefore, we cannot at this point confirm the account of this alleged nailing of Mr. Kasumba. We hope that this time round, the authorities can professionally investigate this issue, and if found true, hold those culpable to account.
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