Army spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says they will not tolerate any kind of violence during this election week.
“Even during elections the state exists!” Ankunda tweeted immediately after the arrest of FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye.
“No form of defiance and/or violence shall be tolerated by the state!” he added.
Ankunda said the army shall not hesitate to enforce law and order and who ever tries with violence will face the full force of the law.
Defending military’s presence on Kampala streets during the clash with Besigye and his supporters, Ankunda said: “We are there for peace, only trouble makers should worry.”
Ankunda said the beauty of Uganda’s democracy is that “civilians trust the military”.
Ankunda’s tweets were fervently retweeted by First son and Special Forces Command commander, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Charles Onyango Obbo, a Ugandan author, journalist, and Editor of Mail & Guardian Africa, asked: “Was there ever an election when @KagutaMuseveni raced with @kizzabesigye1 & Besigye’s hands weren’t tied behind his back?”
“HOW many times has Uganda presidential candidate @kizzabesigye1 been arrested and beaten by police since 2001?” he continued.
Obbo concluded that all the money in Uganda wouldn’t buy for Besigye half the GLOBAL publicity he got over his torment today [Monday arrest].
“Onyango Obbo, I am not sure you got the true picture of what happened,” Ankunda responded to Obbo.
“Calm down, we will pull it off peacefully,” Ankunda re-assured.
The Ugandan army is currently deployed across the country to secure elections.