Government says it has intelligence that opposition plans to attack key security installations in Kampala including the electoral commission offices and major police stations in the city.
Government spokesperson and Media Centre Executive Director, Ofwono Opondo, told media in Kampala that while the public has generally shunned recruitment into political quasi militias, some opposition groups continue to mobilize under the pseudo noum of Power Ten (P10) mainly in Kampala, Wakiso and parts of Mukono districts.
P10 is an FDC team that aims at ensuring the opposition votes are not rigged at polling stations, the party has always insisted.
According to Opondo, it is this group that is responsible “for the on-going fraudulent collection of people’s National Identity cards (IDs) or writing down ID numbers with suspect dubious and criminal intentions”.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, last week said they had arrested a suspect who had already gathered hundreds of national identity card numbers and contacts of their owners.
“Government would further like to inform the public that these same fringe opposition groups are mobilizing what they call Platform to Rescue Uganda, and Benghazi Pressure Group similar to those in Libya in 2010/11.”
He said government is following and investigating reports that appear to link Gen. David Sejusa aka Tinyefuza to some of these groups, and if found to be true appropriate actions will certainly be taken to curtail and neutralise his activities.
Sejusa was arrested from his home on Sunday and detained at Makindye military barracks.
He will appear before the general court martial tomorrow, Tuesday.
“As the law is currently, no serving police, prisons or army personnel whatever the rank can be a member of a political party, an election campaign task force, support candidates, be a campaign agent, or speak publicly on partisan political issues.”
“The only role serving officers have is law enforcement when called upon, and to cast their votes in secret as the law provides for all registered voters.”
“The purpose of this mobilization is to first generate big campaign crowds for the rallies that opposition candidates Besigye and Amama Mbabazi are due to be addressing in Kampala, and its metropolitan areas that include Wakiso and Mukono.”
Opondo said big election campaign crowds are by themselves not a problem as far as government is concerned.
Under the guise of mobilizing their supporters for vote protection on polling day, he said, the same opposition elements have sinister plans to eventually turn into acts of civil disobedience.
“There is an on-going drive to intensify negative propaganda against President Yoweri Museveni, senior government and security officers.”
Opondo said part of this plan is already evident in sections of the media deliberately distorting or quoting out of context public statements issued by government officials with the view to cast government in negative light and cause public disaffection.
“Government has noted a growing trend in parts of the country where the opposition especially FDC perceives itself as strong intimidating members of other parties into silence from public political discourse and possibly discourage them from getting out to vote on polling day, and also keep away throughout the vote counting, tallying and declaration of election results.”
Opondo said there was and advanced plans for post-election unlawful activities starting with erecting road blocks at major highways to paralyse economic activities in the country.
“In addition, the same elements plan to attack several offices of the Electoral Commission to disrupt would be otherwise smooth processes.”
“The same elements intend to attack through infiltration perceived vulnerable police posts, infiltrate police personnel, and crime preventers.”
Opondo says the opposition also plan to engage in the destruction of public utilities which affect many livelihoods.
“Soon after the declaration of the presidential election results if it does go their way, these groups have planned to mobilize and pour youths on the roads on February 19, 2016 to demand immediate employment from the government.”
“This, they believe will be the immediate spark to a chain of violent riots across the country beginning with Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and other major urban centres.”
Government strongly warned “those few, perhaps disoriented elements” not to take the law into their own hands with the hope of either disrupting the elections or post-election atmosphere.
“The public is hereby asked continue shunning these groups because they are up to no good and have no valid reasons to take the unlawful and dangerous direction they are seeking to resort to.”
“All legal, peaceful and democratic avenues exist for any grievances to be raised and addressed. We must emphasize that the law will prevail and nobody will be permitted to behave contrary to civilized norms,” he said.