The Kabaka of Buganda His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has Sunday officiated the 2020 Kabaka’s Birthday Run in his Mengo Palace. As a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19, this year’s run was organised in a virtual way as masses ran from their localities in a bid to fight HIV AIDS.
However before he flagged off the runners, the Kabaka called for a speedy and thorough investigations into the recent riots that broke up across the country after the arrest of Presidential Candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine.
Kabaka Mutebi said, “in 1945 during Colonial time, there were riots in the country in which eight people died. Even if only eight had died, the authorities conducted an investigation to find out what had exactly happened. Therefore, the same thing should be done this time where 50 lives were lost.”
The Kabaka decried the loss of innocent lives as he condoled those whose beloved ones died. He also asked God to heal both physically and emotionally those who were injured during the riots.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told a media briefing at the start of the week that 45 people had died.
However, sources that quote an internal police report put the number of those who died as a result of the November 18 and 19,2020 to 50.
The report indicated that 45 males, including two children, and five females died.
A Criminal Investigations Department report revealed that, “Kampala Metropolitan Police North had 19, Kampala Metropolitan Police South had 17, Kampala Metropolitan Police East with seven, Greater Masaka had two, Savannah had two, Katonga had two and Kiira region had one.”
The protests started after security agencies arrested Bobi Wine for allegedly violating guidelines on the prevention of the spread of coronavirus during his campaign in Luuka District on November 18, 2020.
Police said by November 20, they had registered 116 scenes of protests with the leading three offences being incitement to violence with 40 cases, 25 cases of death by shooting and four of murder by shooting.
The report also showed 15 cases of participating in a riot.
Katwe Police Station registered the highest number of deaths with seven cases followed by Kampala Central Police Station and Old Kampala Station with six deaths each. Wandegeya and Nansana policing areas had five deaths each.
Both Mukono, Kira Division policing areas had three deaths each. These were followed by Kawempe, Entebbe, Nsangi with each reporting two deaths. Seeta, Wakiso, Butambala, Mpigi, Luweero, Wobulenzi, Kinon-Lwengo, Rakai and Jinja each registered one death case.
The Kabaka Birthday Run 2020 was scheduled for April but was postponed to November due to the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in March this year.