A widely shared post on Facebook claims a top police officer in Uganda warned Ugandans to “prepare [their] wills and coffins” if they protested against the government.
Posted on 10 March 2020, it shows a photo of major general Paul Lokech, the deputy inspector general of the Uganda Police Force. It reads: “‘Prepare your wills and coffins before you come to the streets,’ Loketch warns protesters.”
This post began to circulate just hours after Wine called for peaceful protests against the election results. But did a senior police officer effectively warn protesters they risked death if they took to the streets?
Statement dismissed by Uganda police
The Uganda police force shared a screenshot of the Informer Uganda on Twitter, dismissing the quote as “fake news”.
The tweet reads: “Fake News: Please disregard a recent social media story by ‘The Informer’ under the headline ‘Prepare your wills and coffins before you come to the streets’ that is attributed to the DIGP [deputy inspector general] Maj. Gen. Lokech, has been found to be false and misleading.”
In a later tweet, the police force said “the statement does not reflect the position of the police” and that “the cyber crime unit has been notified of this misleading story for further necessary action”.
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