The minister of Information and National Guidance, Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, has said that government will not allow presidential contender, Amama Mbabazi, to destroy the country with violence.
“We take the matter of security and stability seriously because many countries have been destroyed because of violence,” Muhwezi said while appearing on the political talk show “Capital Gang” held on Radio Capital FM.
He advised Mbabazi to pursue democracy in a peaceful atmosphere saying that was the same reason why government makes laws.
Muhwezi further noted that when Mbabazi was still the NRM Secretary General, he used to demand the same discipline from everybody in NRM hence now is his turn to observe discipline.
“In one forum Mbabazi hails NRM. They say he wants to transit from bad to good. It is a contradiction.”
Referring to Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye’s arrest, Muhwezi said the force was following the Public Order Management Act.
“The police not only use POMA but also the police act.”
He said the reason Besigye was stopped must be because he did not clear with the police, which Besigye and Amama trash as untrue.
To the contrary, Bugweri County MP, Abdu Katuntu, said Besigye’s alleged disobedience is about defying unlawful orders.
“We are having an opportunistic application of the law. What is happening now is politics,” Katuntu noted, adding, “The actions of police are in contradiction of the POMA.”
Katuntu said in 1987, he was nearly tempted to join the NRM noting that “it would have been a big mistake”.
He was supported by Busiro East MP, Medard Lubega Seggoona, who said: “If you have a policemen who can conspire to do politics, then the country is in danger. I told Kayihura this.”
He added: “We seem to have in-calculated a culture of violence in this country.”
According to Seggoona, Besigye interpreted the law so well that “I started getting worried he might no longer need my services”.
Appearing on the same show, Chris Baryomunsi, former head of intelligence desk in State House, said “the excitement is in the media, the elite…no one else is bothered about Mbabazi”.
“Amama has been key in enforcing the NRM rules. He should be reminded those rules apply to everybody.”
Baryomunsi, however, noted that the Kyankwanzi resolution did not bar anybody else from standing for president.
NRM mobiliser, Henry Mayega, was in support of Baryomunsi, saying the principal of laws is that you have to read them together, not just sections.
“Lucifer flouted all rules in heaven and was expelled. There are rules wherever you go,” Mayega noted.