Audio: State to shoot dead election protesters


Justine Kasule Lumumba

The ruling party has promised to shoot dead on sight anyone who takes to the streets of Kampala to demonstrate against election rigging.

Uganda will choose a new leader on February 18, 2016 from amongst the seven presidential candidates.

Notable among the contenders is four time presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, first timer and former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, and incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.

Besigye, in the past elections, has always rushed to court to protest election results saying the incumbent has been rigging.

This time round, Mbabazi promised to guard the vote from being rigged warning that any change of results will be interpreted as a coup and shall be handled accordingly.

A week back, president Museveni wrote an article claiming he had intelligence that the opposition was planning to use computers to alter election results.

NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, addressing a gathering in Nsangi Wakiso district, announced that as long as president Museveni [Ssabalwanyi] is still the president, all opposition plans will be in vain.

“All those things they [opposition] are planning…don’t send your children to Kampala to disorganise elections and peace in the country,” Lumumba told the gathering.

Listen to the audio of NRM SG Lumumba:

She said the government would get them [saboteurs] and shoot them dead.

“Let me tell you the truth, this NRM government is not going anywhere,” Lumumba was loud and clear.

“What they [opposition] are planning that should send your children to Kampala to create chaos…they will kill your children. The state will kill your children if they come to destabilize and disorganize peace and security in Kampala and Wakiso.”

Lumumba’s remarks come in at the same time Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura made it clear that the government will not hand over power to opposition.

“We shall not hand over power to the opposition to destabilize the peace which we fought for,” Uganda Police Chief, Kale Kayihura, is quoted telling crime preventers in eastern Kapchorwa last week.

Kayihura urged the crime preventers to get ready for war.

“We are going to change you from having sticks to rifles and get ready to defend this country in case of any attack,” he remarked.

He added: “The constitution gives police powers to protect the nation in case there is war and I want you to get prepared for this; anytime, we shall call on you.”

Kayihura was passing out of about 65,000 crime preventers at Sebei College on the 21st January 2016.

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