By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has spoken out on city protests sparked off by the arrest and detention of his rival Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine. The November 18 and 19, 2020 protests have seen scores of people killed and others injured, as police and the military battled rioters in Uganda’s major towns.
However, while speaking on the chaos for the first time, Museveni described Bobi Wine and his National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters and protesters as confused people.
Museveni vowed to make life impossible for those who attack other people because of political differences, he told NRM leaders in Karamoja region during a campaign meeting at Mayor’s Gardens in Kotido District on November 19, 2020.
“Time will reach where people will fear even touching on an NRM shirt on the roadside, those attacking our people in Kampala area, will soon lose appetite, they have entered an area we know very well. We’re not going to tolerate that.”
Museveni noted that his political opponents are reportedly being funded by foreign elements to de-stabilize Uganda through Arab Spring-like protests but he revealed that he will not hesitate to crush them off.
President Museveni further boasted about his government’s military might, adding that all political players ought to play by the rules or face the tough hands of both the military and police.
“If they want to fight, that is the area we know best, we have lost a number of people to Covid19, including high profile politicians and scientists. Everybody must respect the rules,” he said.
Museveni’s warning comes after the Minister for Information, Technology and National guidance, Judith Nabakooba warned the country that the situation may worsen hence calling for adherence to the rule of law to save ongoing deaths as a result of surging protests adding that if peace is not restored by respecting security operatives, other tough measures may be applied.
Nabakooba further urged all political candidates to adhere to the guidelines as stated by EC.
”The campaign period has less than two months to left, we cannot give up our battle against COVID-19. Let everyone work towards peace in this campaign period, let us love and support our Police Force and all other security’ forces in their regular efforts towards keeping law and order.” she noted.