The Attorney General, Hon. Kiryowa Kiwanuka has told Parliament that the compensation of the victims of the November 2021 riots is ongoing.
Appearing before the Human Rights Committee on Thursday, 17 March 2022, the AG said the recorded 56 deaths were regrettable. He said that 1088 suspects have been arrested, 286 cases registered at police stations with 198 of these taken to court.
“A number of claims have been presented and we have embarked on the process of compensation,” said Kiwanuka.
Kiwanuka informed the committee that 66 of the 198 suspects have been convicted, 50 cases have been dismissed by the court, 80 are still under inquiry and eight cases have been closed by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He reaffirmed Government’s commitment to ensuring that every life that was lost in these unfortunate events is investigated and accounted for.
on November 18, 2020, two months ahead of Uganda’s general elections, security forces arrested Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, as he prepared to hold a campaign rally in Luuka, Eastern Uganda. The police said they had arrested him for breaching Covid-19 regulations.
As news spread about Kyagulanyi’s arrest, widespread protests in Kampala and other parts of the country erupted for two days. Authorities responded with teargas, by beating protestors and using live bullets, killing at least 54 people. Among those killed included bystanders and market traders who had nothing to do with the protests. Numerous others were injured.
Buhweju County MP, Hon. Francis Mwijukye tasked the Minister to explain why they were reluctant to arrest the perpetrators. He demanded that the Government takes action against the wrongdoers.
Sironko district Woman MP Hon. Florence Nambozo Wamala demanded an explanation from the Attorney over the re-arrests of citizens outside courts of law, even after they have been released on bail.
In response, the Attorney General said that the law allows the rearrest of suspects after they are granted bail on any other offence except for that which bail was granted. He added that the grant of bail does not immunize a person from arrest.