President Museveni has fired a warning to all political leaders and citizens who wish to engage in illegal protests and processions to snap out of it, or else risk being crushed.
Museveni in a 9-page letter about assemblies and processions by specific members of the opposition, claims that there is no cause for processions, but certain elements in the opposition have ill motives bent towards causing controversy and misleading Ugandans.
The president says these specific elements only want to protest near markets or through crowded streets which brings doubt to their good will intentions of the processions.
‘If you want to hold a public meeting (olu kungana) or a procession (ekivulu) for a legitimate reason, you should liaise with the Police, so that your public meeting or your procession does not endanger the lives of other Ugandans or the safety of their property. You agree with the Police on the route, if it involves a procession, or the venue if it is an event or a rally,” Museveni said.
“The problem we have with some elements of the opposition is that they ignore this. They want to hold meetings or processions near markets or through crowded streets. This one we cannot allow,” Museveni added.
The President said that his government would not allow the looting or damaging people’s property or endangering their lives, but will defeat elements perpetrating this just like they did to Joseph Kony and Jamil Mukulu.
The president also issued a warning to people who want aim at preaching hate as well as decampaigning investments in Uganda to desist from it.
“If you want to assemble publicly or to procession, it must be for a legitimate reason. If it is to preach hate, to decampaign investments in Uganda etc., then we shall not allow you. Those who have ignored this logic have paid a heavy price.”
Following the arrest of Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, his international lawyer Robert Amsterdam wrote to US president Donald Trump exhibiting Uganda as a country in very dire state.
Amsterdam implored Trump to help cast aside President Museveni in favour of Bobi Wine who apparently has got the better blue print to the development and progress of Uganda, hence should be given proper backing by the same.
Bobi Wine’s campaign has been criticised as one that aims at discrediting the country at the expense of his rise as well as one that is aimed at spreading hate amongst members of the public, which his camp claims is far from true.
Government has time and again accused opposition politicians of leading processions and protests within the city centre which end up in massive destruction and looting of property, hence jeopardising business.