President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has warned that his government has enough capacity to neutralise anybody who wants to destabilize Uganda during and after the January 14 general elections.
Speaking in Mityana district on where he had gone to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for the reconstruction works of Mityana-Mubende road and upgrading of Mityana town roads, Museveni called upon Ugandans to go out and vote for whoever they want to vote for without fear.
“I repeat, no one will destabilize Uganda, we shall not allow anybody to do that. Ugandans should go and vote in peace and decide your leaders because it's your constitutional right. Don’t fear anything, go and vote. If you want people to support you, convince them but don’t intimidate them,” said Museveni.
The president's comments come at a time when people are increasingly getting worried about a possible outbreak of election violence after next week’s elections.
On Wednesday, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate sent his four children to the United States of America, claiming that they were a target for the regime. A section of commentators interpreted it as a warning shot of what might befall the country after the elections.
Speaking at the same function of launching the reconstruction work, the Bishop of Mityana Diocese, Rt. Rev James Bukomeko prayed for peace in the country during and after the elections.
“We pray for our country in this election season and COVID-19 pandemic that has left many scared of their lives,” said Bishop Bukomeko.
Even before the first ballot has been cast, more than 50 people have been killed and hundreds of others are still nursing wounds in hospitals after the election violence that followed the arrest of Kyagulanyi in November.
More than 1,000 mostly youths were also arrested and some have already been charged for allegedly participating in the chaos that lasted two days.