State House has dismissed as false a report claiming that President Yoweri Museveni ordered the arrest of FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye.
A statement making rounds on social media claimed the President’s office has “learnt with concern the unfortunate events happening in Kampala after the arrst of Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye”.
Besigye was arrested for defying Lawful Police Orders when he tried to hold a campaign Rally where he was not supposed to, it continued.
“Besigye is free to campaign but he cannot be allowed to break the Law with impunity. The Police will continue doing its work without interference from anyone,” the false statement read.
“This message is however to Ugandans, young Boys and Girls who are being drawn into Violence over this event that is already under our control.”
It also insinuated that Museveni had instructed the IGP Kale Kayihura to release Besigye to continue with his Campaign “but only to pre-agreed places”.
“We have also put the National Army on Alert and ready for deployment should this situation escalate. I want to request Ugandans to be calm, vote wisely, avoid violence and wait for results.”
The false statement further read: “In NRM we not only ready to win this election and continue with our Agenda but also to relinquish power should Ugandans vote otherwise. Like I have said before, we are sure of the support. We shall not hesitate to enforce Law and Order and who ever continues with Violence will face the full force of the Law.”
It was allegedly signed by President Museveni.
State House denies
Presidential press sectary, Lindah Nabusayi, issued a short statement dismissing the above statement as doctored.
Nabusayi Wamboka Wamboka:
Please ignore the statement circulating on social media regarding the arrest of Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye and attributed to HE. Y. K. Museveni.
President Museveni has not issued any statement regarding this matter as he has not been briefed about the circumstances that led to the arrest.
The police and the Attorney General should be left to handle their respective jobs.
This is to urge all peace loving Ugandans to avoid speculation and to create fear among our people.
Nabusayi Lindah. Wamboka
Press Secretary to H.E the President