By Spy Uganda
Kampala: While delivering his new year message on Thursday, President Museveni revealed that the government has deployed highly trained elite army units in Kampala and its suburbs to curb cases of violence that are expected to increase during and after elections.
According to Museveni, the deployment follows the November 18 riots that broke out in Kampala and other towns after the arrest and detention of National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine that left more than 50 people dead and several others injured.
”But the background to all this is because of the indiscipline and criminality of some of the opposition groups which resulted in the serious riots and violence of the other month, I deployed highly trained units from our army who have been doing much of the fighting in areas like Somalia, fighting ADF into the Kampala area because of the weakness and corruption of some of the police elements which had allowed Kampala to be no go area,” Museveni said.
Museveni further noted that the units have been deployed in various suburbs of the city starting November 20, 2020, and commended them for a good job in dealing with hardcore criminals and monitoring the situation in the areas he termed as violent spots.
“They were able to deal with some hardcore criminals. A number of hardcore criminals were arrested and many of them have cooperated with security forces,” he said.
It’s worth noting that last month, Museveni made some changes in the Police Force in which he replaced Maj.Gen.Muzeeyi Sabiiti with Maj.Gen. Paul Lokech as Deputy Inspector General of Police.
“They had got some weevils and I made some changes. For the Police, I have told them I won’t tolerate this nonsense anymore. Anyone who can’t defend the people should go home and rear goats,” Museveni said after making changes.
Museveni further warned opposition whom he said are fond of fueling violence vowing to decisively deal with anyone who wants to cause chaos in the forthcoming 201 polls.
“I, therefore, would like to advise the opposition, especially those who are fond of intimidation that this will not work for them. Nobody should intimidate the people of Uganda. If you have a point of view, convince them. We are not going to tolerate this,” Museveni warned.