The Uganda Police Force has clarified that only 45 people have died due to the violent protests that erupted in Kampala and some other parts of the country last week.
According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, 39 of the deceased are men while 6 are women. This waters down social media reports that more than 50 died in the riots.
While addressing the weekly media presser in Kampala on Monday, Enanga said they are tracking down the perpetrators of the crimes that led to the death of people.
“It is unfortunate that the riots have so far claimed 45 lives and these include 39 male adults and 6 women. These fall in the bracket of 19-40 years. 42 bodies have already been claimed from Mulago city mortuary while 3 still remain unclaimed” Enanga said.
He added that the joint police task force they understand the importance to protests but also they caution members of the public that in these protests, there are those who come to take advantage and break the law.
“To help avoid the repeat of such incidents, all our territorial commanders intensified efforts to identify protesters and looters of the incidents mid last week across all the crash point areas” Enanga noted.
He added that police is using CCTV technology both public and private and threy have been able to read some of the license plate numbers of vehicles that were actively involved in the distribution of riot materials and some vehicles have already been impounded.
A total of 836 suspects have been arrested, 362 of these have been charged in courts of law including Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, and 330 were remanded while 633 are pending court today.