Morrison Rwakakamba, the Special Presidential Assistant – Research and Information has condemned army and police shootings that left six people dead in Kasese district over the weekend.
In his March 12, message, Rwakakamba says Kasese violence is not something spontaneous.
“Not nipping it in bud is failure of intelligence,” he argues.
He asked the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, to apologise.
Turning to journalist Andrew Mwenda, Rwakakamba said deadly force is not part of NRM’s methods of work.
Mwenda suggested that police uses deadly force on whoever attacks their officers while on duty.
“Dialogue and respect is what NRM is about,” Rwakakamba explained.
“Andrew Mwenda was quoted to have suggested that those who attack police should be engaged with deadly force. Of course deadly means ‘shoot to kill’!”
“Let me hope he was misquoted or he was referring to armed civilians who attack police or any other coercive institutions of the State.”
Rwakakamba said there has been much outrage in regard to Kasese events saying it was sad that lives were lost.
“In times like this, it’s not reasonable to engage in volley of blame games and justifications. It’s time for police and other actors to fully investigate and act in interest of justice and a fair society. A good society.”
He said its time for leaders across the political and non-political divide to engage in hard work of finding adaptive solutions.
“I understand that elections come with passions. Successful response to such passions succeeds less with hardware.”
It’s the software of engagement, dialogue, adaptive work and consensus that will heal and keep the Country on steady progress, he said.
“Winners must treat those who lost with humility and respect – and engage them in the joint action of transforming Uganda.”
Meanwhile, the IGP Kale Kayihura said he would not apologise for killing criminals in self-defense.
The minister of Internal Affairs also said they would not compensate the families of the dead.