UPDF Chief Political Commissar, Col. Felix Kulayigye, says the army will not sit back and watch as Uganda is being attacked from within.
Col. Kulayigye was talking about security, a day to the presidential elections, on NBS TV Tuesday morning.
Col. Kulayigye declined to comment on yesterday’s events in Wandegeya where military shot FDC supporters and arrested Kizza Besigye.
“I am not a police officer,” Kulayigye pointed out, adding that Besigye should have followed police directives not to hold a procession through Central Business District.
He defended the ruling party NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba on alleged ‘shoot to kill’ statements.
“She retracted it,” Kulayigye said.
He wondered why the media hasn’t talked about Dr Kizza Besigye’s defiance.
“Defiance is illegal. During this period, UPDF to protect Uganda’s territory and also act once we are attacked from within.”
He said police maintains law and order, order created by military.
“The moment the order is destroyed, its creators come in.”
He defended the presence of military in Kampala saying the military only comes in when called upon by the police.
Kulayigye also said crime preventers are organised and that it is mandated by the law for police to have a reserve force.
“Those saying deployment is scaring voters: Would they prefer having goons on the streets?”
He said UPDF will not deploy at polling stations.
“The police has planned well. That is why they have crime preventers.”
Col. Kulayigye encouraged Ugandans to remain peaceful through Thursday elections.
“We shall protect you at all costs.”
Yesterday, army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, said the force would not tolerate violence in the elections.