Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, says he fears the camera more than a gun.
“Some journalists often frame facts wrongly,” Kayihura told press at Electoral Commission offices in Kampala on Wednesday.
Kayihura said controlling social media which is awash with ‘false reports’ is hard.
The IGP appealed to media to desist from ‘sensationalist’ and ‘unprofessional journalism’.
He said Monday’s Kampala chaos was a ‘minor incident’ caused by lack of cooperation on the part of FDC.
He revealed that following Monday’s chaos, police sat down with FDC officials and agreed.
He also announced that some people were arrested yesterday for attacking NRM supporters.
“I want to express appreciation to all the actors. We have had a tension-free pre-election period.”
“This is the third election I am involved in. It was tension free. Never mind what is reported here and there.”
“Everybody should go out and vote. We shall protect you.”
He says voter bribery is a challenge they face on the ‘devil’s night’ (Election Day Eve).
Kayihura contends that pre-election intimidation is carried out by organised gangs e.g Kifeesi: “We shall not allow that”.
He said crime preventers are neighbourhood watchmen that date back to the time of the British rule.
He clarified that there is a consensus across the political divide on crime preventers.