Soldiers from Uganda Special Forces Command [SFC] and Military Police are once again accused of shooting opposition supporters.
The latest report from Masindi and Wakiso districts indicate that about 10 opposition supporters are nursing injuries curtsey of SFC soldiers and military police during the concluded local council elections.
Those hurt include; Asuman Kiiza, a businessman, Robert Muhangi, a lecturer at Uganda Christian University and Moses Muruli, a radio journalist.
They were injured as Military Police tried to contain supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change candidate, Joab Businge, who won the mayoral race with 6,784 votes.
Businge’s supporters were trying to raid a radio station owned by State minister for Bunyoro Affairs, Ernest Kiiza, which was reportedly announcing “false results”.
SFC shoots two in Entebbe
On Wednesday, SFC soldiers shot two opposition supporters in the leg and lower abdomen at Katabi Polling Station in Entebbe Municipality.
Ronald Bossa and James Sewankambo were shot while trying to protect a journalist who was being attacked by supporters of NRM candidate Joseph Ssesanga who lost to DP’s Vincent Kayanja in the Entebbe Municipality mayoral race.
They are admitted to Grade B Hospital in Entebbe town.
Entebbe Police Station officer in charge of investigations, Joseph Sentamu, told Daily Monitor, the police is still investigating the matter.
SFC starting reigning of terror?
In March 2015, SFC soldiers arrested and detained three journalists including Swaibu and Caroline of Daily Monitor and NTV respectively.
They were arrested for talking to Jacqueline Mbabazi, then chairperson for the NRM Women’s League and wife to former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi after she was denied entry into an NRM Women’s League conference held at Imperial Royale Hotel.
In November 2015, an SFC/PPU officer Asimwe Dan was arrested for stealing Shs 13 million meant for the journalists during youth elections held at Namboole stadium.
In February 2016, the Kamuswaga of Kooki Chiefdom, Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli, was rushed to Germany for treatment after a brutal arrest by elements of SFC.
The Kamuswaga was brutally manhandled for allegedly overtaking the Vice President, Edward Ssekandi’s convoy at Kinyanya on Masaka-Bukunda section on Masaka–Kyotera road.
In Mid-February 2016, an SFC soldier who guards the First Lady, Janet Museveni, was arrested for shooting a fitness trainer of the national boxing team [the Bombers] identified as Bricks Diamond.
Two days after, Senoga Mivuule, the Entebbe Municipal DP chairperson, told journalists Capt. Barbra Birungi and Maj McDans Kamugira, the director of civil military cooperation in the Special Forces Command were arresting DP youth and beating them up.
A day after, regular UPDF and the police raided and placed former Western Youth Member of Parliament Gerald Karuhanga’s home under military siege.
The military apparently transformed Ntungamo Town into a temporary military barracks, cruising military trucks aka Mambas and patrolling the entire perimeter all day long.
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says the army was deployed across the country to protect Ugandans and ensure security.