Go Forward: Museveni sounding war drums



Ms Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe, the Chief of Staff at the Go Forward Secretariat, says so far 13 of their members have gone missing.

She made the remarks during a peace candle presentation by Uganda Women’s Network Executive Director, Rita Aciro, at the Go Forward office in Nakasero yesterday.

The peace candle has already been presented to FDC’s Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Maj Benon Biraro and President Yoweri Museveni.

Amama Mbabazi was the fourth to receive the candle just two weeks to the general elections.

Speaking at the event, Kimbugwe said one of their mobilisers in Nateete and a Bishop in Rukungiri are all missing in a government crackdown on Mbabazi’s supporters.

“We have reported all these cases to the police. But we know this partisan police will not do anything,” she said.

She said for example, Go Forward has always filed complaints to Electoral Commission but the commission is silent.

In response, Aciro, the Executive Director UWONET asked Go Forward to participate to ensure peaceful elections despite the challegens.

“Our deepest concern [as women] is on the level of political violence and intolerance.”

She said this was hindering democracy in the country.

Yet, Go forward says all the violence is to be blamed on President Museveni.

“The main perpetrator of this violence is president Museveni; one time he actually said he is the master of violence,” Go Forward Deputy spokesperson, Saddam Gayira, told press.

He said threats towards Ugandans by the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, and NRM Secretary General, Justine Lumumba, are all aimed at sparking off violence.

Kayihura was reported saying they would not hand over power to opposition.

Lumumba on the other hand said they would shoot dead anyone who dares protest rigged elections.

He accused police of masterminding the disappearance of their members across the country.

The disappearance of Mbabazi’s chief bodyguard, Christopher Aine, is still a hot issue dominating social media debates.



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