Uganda Chief of Defense Forces [CDF, Gen Katumba Wamala, has warned opposition not to dare cause chaos after February elections.
Katumba was speaking at a function launching the army week aka Tehere Sita on Thursday.
He said there is a lot of excitement as the country nears elections and that as people who are in charge of security, they will not allow anyone to return Uganda to the turbulent times of the past.
“If the results [February election results] are not in your favour, you have no right to destabilise the country because this country is bigger than individuals,” Katumba pointed out.
He said the army would not hesitate to crash anyone who stages protests because they will be breaking the law.
Katumba said to achieve this end, the army would work with other security agencies to ensure that stability is maintained in the country.
“If you or your candidate wins the elections, then celebrate in peace and if you lose it, accept and go back and mourn in peace at your place of convenience.”
He added: “When I hear people talking about wanting to take Uganda back, I want to take back a step and question their reasoning.”
Katumba said Ugandan cannot go back where it came from.
“I don’t think anybody or any Ugandan, worth his name, and with a rightful mind, would want to see what we see in other countries.”
He said the army would respect and honour the decision of voters come February 18.
A concerned Ugandan, Wapakhabulo Wonyanyanbulo, pointed out that “instead of organising a transparent, free and fair election, CDF Wamala Katumba, Kale Kayihura and Kasule Lumumba are threatening Ugandans with war”.
“Does Uganda end with the overthrow of dictator Museveni? Katumba Wamala faithfully served Idi Amin Dada and he was violently overthrown by Tanzania,” he wondered.
Wapakhabulo said Ugandans “will not be forced to accept and cannot accept a stolen election. Why are the NRM cadres panicking?”
Katumba’s remarks came at the same time Ugandans were discussing “partisan” remarks made by police chief Gen Kale Kayihura who said they would not hand over power to the opposition, the power they fought for so hard.
The police chief later denied the statement as well as that saying he wanted to arm crime preventers for war.
As if that was not enough, the ruling party’s Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, featured in an audio saying the state will shoot dead anyone who goes on the streets of Kampala to protest election results.