Ugandan activists hold march protesting killings, kidnappings

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan women activists on Saturday held a march protesting recent killings and kidnappings of women in the east African country.

The activists and some foreign envoys donning black T-shirts written on “women lives matter, protect women now” marched on the streets of the capital Kampala in a peaceful protest.

The women expressed displeasure about the alleged failure of security agencies to stop the brutal killing of women.

“We came out to mourn, remember and demand answers for the 42 women who have been kidnapped, murdered and their cases remain unresolved,” Lydia Namubiru, the spokesperson of the Women Working Protest Group, told Xinhua.

“We are dissatisfied with the police actions to stop the kidnaps and murders. We want the police to investigate, arrest and prosecute the suspects. The police should stop blaming the victims,” she said.

Okoth Ochola, Inspector General of Police on Friday changed his mind and endorsed the protest but under strict instructions. Police on Wednesday had said it will not allow the activists carry out the demonstration.

The police then argued that the women’s concerns had been addressed by the top security chiefs and the country’s President Yoweri Museveni.