President Museveni has this afternoon broken his silence and spoken about the political unrest that erupted in the country following the arrest of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi.
Following Kyagulanyi’s arrest by Police for violating COVID-19 guidelines and detention at Nalufenya police station in Jinja, protests erupted in Kampala and later spread to several parts of the country, especially town centers.
The death toll has been confirmed by police to be at 7 people, while over 35 have been injured during the scuffles between protestors and security.
Speaking to NRM leaders in Kotido in Karamoja sub-region on Thursday afternoon, Museveni said government will not tolerate the hooliganism exhibited by the protesters, warning they will be crashed.
“They have entered an area of fighting we know very well. Whoever started it will regret it. Some of these groups are being used by outsiders who don’t like the stability and independence of Uganda but will discover what they are looking for,” Museveni warned.
Museveni also spoke about the violence by the protestors against the supporters of NRM who were harassed for putting on the yellow shirts of the party.
Speaking on Thursday, the NRM presidential candidate warned that they will soon make it difficult for anyone to touch NRM members.
“Those who have been attacking NRM people in Kampala will soon lose that appetite. You will see the uniform of NRM and won’t touch it. Even if they abandon it, you won’t touch it. They want to create violence so that elections are not held, however, lections will continue and those fighting will lose. They will answer for the crimes they have committed.”
The President said the guidelines were put in place for the benefit of members of the public not to contract the virus but warned it is foolishness for some people to ignore them.
“We are here in this campaigning indirectly where we don’t hold rallies for the sake of avoiding infecting more people. We have lost quite a number of people already including two Members of Parliament and some scientists. It is therefore criminal for anybody to ignore this. We are not going to tolerate that and whoever does it (violates guidelines) will regret what they did,” Museveni warned.
Museveni was yesterday and today conducting scientific campaigns in Karamoja sub-region.