UPDF readies for anti-Museveni protests

“Any person who stands in the path of peace and stability of the country becomes an enemy, and shall therefore be dealt with decisively,” the outgoing army MP said.

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Army Spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) is readying itself to handle a group that is allegedly preparing to disrupt President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration for the 6th elective presidential term.

Museveni who won the disputed January 14, 2021 election with slightly above six million votes against his main challenger, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s 3.6 million votes, is scheduled to be sworn-in as president on May 12 for a new five-year term.

 According to the army spokesperson, Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, there is credible information about a section of Ugandans planning to disrupt the swearing-in functions of the elected president.   

 “I would like to bring to your attention the continued hate speech by a section of individuals through the help of foreigners; they think they can stop the swearing-in of President Museveni,” said Byekwaso. 

 Already, security agencies have confiscated posters with words of hate speech that incites violence to the members of the public. Byekwaso said that the confiscated posters are part of the materials the protestors want to use.

 “The Posters circulating in the city have words like; Tajja kulayila [He won’t swear-in], n’omuganda afugeko [It is a Muganda’s turn to lead]’, “Nga 1st May, kusiiba tugobe abahiima [May 1st is a day of fasting so we can chase the Bahima out of power],” Byekwaso said. 

She however warned that anyone planning this will be dealt with accordingly.    

  “Any person who stands in the path of peace and stability of the country becomes an enemy, and shall therefore be dealt with decisively,” the outgoing army MP said.  

 Asked whether security has yet made any arrests, the army spokesperson said whereas no one has been arrested, they are closely following up leads and that soon they will take action.  

  Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine has consistently disputed Museveni’s re-election, and has made calls for protests “to reclaim his victory.” The pop music star recently released a votes tally by National Unity Platform (NUP) claiming to have won the elections by 54.1 percent.

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