Nigeria denies Jonathan’s convoy was attacked in Kampala

By Norman S Miwambo

A convoy of cars carrying Heads of State attending President Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony last Thursday, is pictured caught up in a convoy of Dr Besigye and his supporters as he left the airport for Kampala on his return from neighbouring Kenya.

The Nigerian government has denied reports that President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy was stoned on his way to Entebbe International Airport, 40 kilometers south of the capital Kampala. President Jonathan’s Spokesman, Ima Niboro is quoted by the Nigerian newspaper, Daily Trust as saying that there was no attack on the presidential convoy. “There was no attack on the president [Jonathan] in Uganda,” the newspaper quotes, the spokesman. Mr. Niboro added: “We only passed by opposition elements whose leader returned to Uganda today, during a peaceful procession on our way to the airport.”

The reaction followed a comment made by the Executive Director of the Uganda government’s media centre, Fred Opolot. He had told Reuters news agency that the car belonging to President Jonathan had been stoned by mobs. Opolot said: “The security shot around the area and unfortunately, a (motorcyclist) who was crossing (near) the president’s car was shot dead. The security forces mostly used rubber bullets. But he really posed a threat to a foreign dignitary who happened to be a Head of State,” Reuters quoted Mr. Opolot.

Mr Opolot was defending the Ugandan police’s brutality when they fired into unarmed crowds of opposition party supporters who were welcoming Dr. Kiiza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition political party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) back in the country in which one person was reportedly killed on the spot, although others sources put the number killed at five.

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