Opondo: Besigye, Mbabazi plotting election riots


Mbabazi and Besigye

Government has warned FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, against defiance campaign once more saying the country wants to have peaceful elections.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, cited the tone and statements of the Forum for Democratic (FDC) Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, and some of his supporters especially parliamentary candidates allied to him.

“These incidents although isolated and limited in nature are of great concern to all law abiding and loving members of the public,” Opondo told press at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.

He said the repeated incidents of violent friction particularly by the supporters of Dr Kizza Besigye targeting the police including physical assault on law enforcement personnel emphasizing that they must be condemned and discouraged.

“The police deserve respect by all in order for them to work effectively and efficiently in protecting the general public.”

He accused Besigye of recruitment of a political quasi militia under the pseudo noum of Power Ten (P10) mainly in Kampala, Wakiso and parts of Mukono districts.

“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.”

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.

He said Besigye and Amama Mbabazi who are due to be addressing in Kampala, and its metropolitan areas that include Wakiso and Mukonoare plotting to mobilise opposition elements for acts of civil disobedience.

He said this was part of an on-going drive to intensify negative propaganda against President Yoweri Museveni, senior government and security officers.

“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.”

He said 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.

“There is 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”.

He said 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.”

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