Government deputy spokesperson Col Shaban Bantariza says government will not allow opposition leader Kizza Besigye to take power through an insurrection.
“Besigye’s intended method of taking power (through insurrection) will not be allowed.”
Bantariza who was appearing on NBS TV on Friday said the state doesn’t disagree with Besigye on his intentions but his intended methods of achieving those intentions.
“Kizza Besigye can only take power through four ways; a coup, a rebellion, an insurrection [what happened in Egypt] or win an election.”
So far winning elections has eluded him having lost four times leaving the other options open which, according to Bantariza, cannot be allowed in Uganda.
Tasked to explain the mysterious hooded goons who beat up Besigye’s supporters early this week, Bantariza said he had no competence or capacity to believe in those goons.
“How can police look on while those goons beat up people? If the police fail to do what they are supposed to do, then they have a case to answer,” he said.
Bantariza said he was not aware that whoever was beaten was a Besigye supporter.
“They don’t walk around with tags.”
The deputy government mouthpiece said he can’t speak on behalf of the police but that they “will defeat these goons”.
“This government has defeated over 20 rebel groups. What about these ones with sticks?”