Bantariza says Kayihura, Besigye in talks

Besigye and Kayihura

Deputy Media Centre spokesperson, Col. Shaban Bantariza, says police chief Kale Kayihura is trying to engage Kizza Besigye so he can drop his defiance campaign.

Bantariza made the statement while defending the military deployment on Friday.

“We (the military) are ensuring that public assembly is regulated. If you want to hold a public assembly, there are guidelines and rules,” Bantariza said on NBS TV.

“Restraining trouble is part of the security. If there was civil disobedience in this town, I wouldn’t be here,” he maintained.

Bantariza said government is concerned about Besigye’s detention but that when people mobilise themselves, the outcome is unpredictable.

“Anger is irrational, as a leader of a state, that anger can be misguided and misdirected.”

“And as we speak now, the IGP is engaging with Besigye to ensure that his statements of a defiance campaign are not undertaken.”

Defends Kiggundu

Bantariza says there is no right to condemn electoral commission chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu because Uganda is still a young democratic country.

“It is hard to imagine that any country can ever have a perfect election because the world is full of imperfect people.”

He said NRM has a responsibility to sit and find solutions to why they didn’t win major seats.

“The government was not contesting with anyone. The government will stay even when the political parties are no more.”

According to him, there is still time for the elections to be annulled but noted that the only challenge is disappearance of witnesses.

Bantariza quickly added that he is not aware of the disappearance of witnesses.

“We have only arrested some members of P10. If you went out there, it is the police supported by the military.”

He affirms that the military comes in circumstances that demand their participation.

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