US slams murder of Besigye supporter


The United States government has condemned the shooting and killing of Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] supporter, Elias Kwesiga.

Kwesiga was shot dead in Wandegeya during skirmishes between military police and FDC supporters.

The scuffle ended with the arrest and detention without charge of FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye.

US State Department spokesperson, Mark Toner, says Washington is deeply concerned about the teargasing and arresting of Besigye’s supporters.

Many of his supporters were injured and admitted at Mulago referral hospital; only to be hidden from media.

US says such restrictions on public assembly, especially when applied disproportionately to one side contesting the elections, escalates tensions in an already heated electoral environment.

“So we urge all –government authorities, as well as all political parties and their supporters, to refrain from further acts or rhetoric that may lead to more unrest or claim any more lives,” Toner said.

The US government said they hoped that “such senseless death will not be part – or repeated rather – as Ugandans head to the polls.”

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