DP Wants Police to Toughen Qualifications for Civilian Gun Possession
The opposition Democratic Party has asked the Uganda police to come up clearly and highlight who should possess a firearm as a civilian and the processes of licensing the same.
The call comes at a time when a social worker, Kenneth Akena was allegedly shot by business man Mathew Kanyamunyu for merely scratching his car.
Police is still investigating circumstances under which the deceased was shot at Forest Mall Lugogo parking area, before the murderer cleaned up the scene and ditched the murder weapon.
Kanyamunyu was implicated in the gruesome murder after he and his companion Cynthia rushed the deceased to the hospital, where he later told his brother before death, that the duo was responsible for his death.
Paul Kenneth Kakande, the DP publicity secretary says that it has become a joke for civilians to own firearms which they use in self-defense even in occasions where it is uncalled for.
“We call upon the Uganda Police to come up clearly and highlight who should possess a firearm as a civilian and the processes of licensing the same. We don't just wish to hear any parties in such scenarios sounding apologetic; we wish to have the law take its natural course.
Kakande also played the tribal card claiming that some 'well connected' Ugandans usually from a certain part of the nation usually exhibit impunity to the extent that people feel some people are above the law.
“We sympathize with the families that have lost dear ones in similar circumstances. Not long ago it was Desh Kananura, then it was Aaron Baguma and now another lad with very similar links is said to have slayed an innocent life in cold blood. It has now become a trend, take them to court, get them bail and society will soon forget about them. This must be stopped, and it should be now, otherwise we are headed for an ethnic standoff” an angry Kakande barked.
He added; “It already exists in national politics, why should we let it trickle down to the day to day lives of individuals? In politics it could be contained or tolerated but when it comes to such circumstances, we should be worried of what the possible responses of the aggrieved parties could be.”