KAMPALA, 16 February 2021 – A Ugandan man was arrested in the capital, Kampala, for beating an effigy of the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni, police confirmed Tuesday.
Police say they have charged the man with the offense of creating public nuisance.
“The man, named Ferdinand Luta, was beating the effigy while shouting that Museveni is a dictator, Museveni is killing Ugandans,” the man was saying as he beat the effigy.
“He [Museveni] should be punished for the crimes he has committed,” Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday, citing a shopkeeper at the scene.
Luta was arrested Monday on Kampala Road in the city center, a police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, confirmed Tuesday to Anadolu Agency.
According to the police, Luta self-identified as a member of the Alternative Social Movement, a pro-democracy and human rights group.
Eyewitnesses at the scene who watched as police officers dragged the effigy away told reporters that they believe the police officers deserve to be charged equally for dragging the effigy.