Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Bobi Wine has sent out commiserations to families of people who were killed in the riots that broke out in different parts of the country, following his arrest on Wednesday.
While he was detained for two days at Nalufenya in Jinja, police and the army descended on the streets to quell violent riots that erupted.
In the chaos, police say at least 37 people were killed.
Speaking this morning following his release by court on Friday, Bobi Wine said his thoughts were with those families that lost loved ones.
“Last evening after reaching home, I watched what has happened for the past three days while I was illegally detained at Nalufenya! It was then that I appreciated the full extent of the brutality meted out on Ugandans by security forces,” he said.
“I send my deepest condolences to all of them, and wish those who are wounded a quick recovery.”
Among the deceased, Bobi Wine said two were people he knew personally and his good friends.
“They included a young man who was at a furniture shop and lost his life when soldiers shot directly into his workplace. He died instantly. We are still taking stock of how each of the 37 citizens lost lives and others continue to die in hospitals. Sending our prayers to them, as we also try to reach out to those we can to commiserate with them.”
Security forces have maintained that the force used during the riots was necessary given the danger that was posed by the rioters.
Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine said yesterday that they were investigating whether some of the guns that killed people belonged to the rioters.
He also said that the arrest of Bobi Wine should not have sparked so much violence adding that the presidential candidate is not above the law.
This Saturday afternoon, Bobi Wine is expected to addressing the public at his party offices in Kamwonkya about the week’s developments.