President Museveni has said the game is finished for party members who were involved in creating chaos during the recently concluded NRM primaries.
The ruling NRM party used lining up behind candidates for the first time since being adopted by the party’s top organs early this year but the primaries held on Friday to elect the party’s parliamentary flagbearers was characterized by several incidents of chaos and violence.
On a number of occasions, several people were killed whereas others were injured during the process.
Speaking at the party headquarters in Kyadondo, Kampala on Monday, Museveni said whereas the process of lining up behind candidates was able to solve a problem that has been on since 1961, some people took advantage to cause chaos.
“There was violence in a constituency called Bukono where 12 people were beaten and cut with pangas. I got information that police had not done much work. I told IGP that if police didn’t do the work, I will do it for them by arresting them first and then bring the rest myself. I have the capacity to do it,” Museveni said.
He wondered how some of the suspects in the matter had been arrested and released on police bond, noting that it is appalling.
“There will be no police bond for anybody who has attacked Ugandans. You alter results we arrest you in forgery. The stupid policeman who doesn’t know how to use gun will go to jail for man slaughter. The ones threatening people will also go to jail. The one who beat people will also go to jail.”
“All those who have made a fool of themselves will go to jail. If we find that you changed results, you will be charged with forgery. This game is finished. If you try to change declaration forms, the villages are available. Once there is any suspicion, we shall go to the village, check and go for you Instead of going to parliament you will go to jail for committing forgery,” Museveni threatened.
He urged all party members who are aggrieved to calm down and wait for the panels of elders in every region to be unveiled and here they will lodge complaints about the concluded party primaries.
“My advice is that we should set up panels of elders per zone. As NRM members you don’t have to riot or quarrel, just write petition and send it to panel.”