The police have arrested four youth, who were set to commit suicide shortly after court upheld President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s victory in the 2016 presidential elections.
The four including; Bulime John (32), Magala Emanuel (28), Kasumba Meddie (27), and Mutyaba Joseph (36), all bodaboda cyclists at Kyengera-Mugongo stage in Wakiso district, had earlier been convinced by Jacqueline Mbabazi, wife to the TDA/ Go-forward candidate Amama Mbabazi to lynch themselves at strategic areas around Kampala city and Entebbe as the only way to push President Museveni out of power.
These had agreed to set themselves ablaze at State House Nakasero and State House Entebbe, at Parliament and KCCA offices on Friday 1st April, and their families were to receive Shs20m each.
According to Mutyaba, this would prompt the international community to respond and awaken Ugandans to riot against the ruling government as it was in Tunisia and some other Arab countries.
Mutyaba said that their decision was formed in October last year when Ms Jacqueline Mbabazi, who promised to cater for their families in case they fulfilled the planned mission, approached them.
Speaking to the media at Kireka police station, Mutyana added that Jacqueline, before she was admitted in the US over continued illness, would meet them weekly at her home in Kololo, brief them about how to carry out the mission and lavish them each with 100,000/= to cater for their families.
“We were determined to lynch ourselves for change. We have no jobs, live a miserable and hopeless life,” said Mutyaba.
“We believe that our action, though we would not benefit from it, would steer riots in the country to overthrow the government,” he added.
The plan was, however, intercepted when one of them spoke to a close friend identified as Lukyamuzi Gilbert, who reported the matter to the police Special Intelligence Department (SID) Kireka.
The quartet, were followed up shortly and picked from their respective homes in Kyengera, a day before they committed the offence.
When approached on phone, the commandant SID, Mark Paul Odong confirmed the arrest of the four, and said they will be paraded before the media as investigations are going on. He also added that his team counseled the youth and asked them to abandon the move.
Court last Thursday found out that President Museveni was validly elected and dismissed the petitioned filed in by TDA/ Go-forward candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi with no orders to costs.
In a widely-expected ruling, the Supreme Court in Kampala held that though there were some irregularities with the Feb. 18 poll-including late delivery of ballots in opposition strongholds and disruption of opposition campaigns by state agents, it was not enough to substantially impact the result.
“We note that there was non-compliance with the principles of free and fair elections but we are not satisfied that this affected the final results in a substantial way,” Chief Justice Bart Katureebe said. “This petition is dismissed.”
The four-week case was brought by opposition leader Amama Mbabazi and backed by Mr. Museveni’s main rival Kizza Besigye, who score 35% of the February 18 vote.