President Museveni orders the arrest of party colleagues involved in chaos during NRM primaries.
President Museveni Monday called for the arrest of all party colleagues who were involved in chaotic scandals during the recently concluded National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries.
Over the weekend, social media was stunned with violent scenes that transpired during the party’s elections. Among those, was a video of the State Minister for Labour and Industrial Development, Hon Mwesigwa Rukutana that went viral of him aiming a gun at supporters of his opponents.
Following his defeat to Naome Kabasharira, Hon Rukutana in a video grabbed a gun from one of his bodyguards and shot and injured one person who was rushed to hospital in critical condition whereas one vehicle was also destroyed.
The minister has since been arrested together with his three bodyguards and is currently detained at Mbarara Central Police Station as they await court charges related to inciting violence, attempted murder and malicious damage.
However, in the wake of events, the Party’s presidential flag bearer has come out to criticize the form of action displayed by a section of his colleagues arguing that all the victims will face the wrath of the law.
While speaking at the party headquarters in Kyadondo on Monday, Museveni said that the problems of voter bribery started with the Electoral College system of voting prompting them to go for universal suffrage but with the secret ballot which he said neither helped the situation.
According to Museveni, this resulted in the violent scenes witnessed during their part elections more so in Bukono constituency where 12 people were beaten and cut with pangas.
Museveni who was also first to blame the laxity of the police officers manning the territory said that the Inspector General of Police told him they did not do its work effectively.
“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.
Also, he warned all those who are suspected to have engaged in malicious actions including vote rigging, changing of declaration forms that they are going to be jailed if found guilty.
“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 explained.
He further said that there will be no police bond for anybody involved in the malicious actions of damaging and killing of Ugandans.
“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 a gun will go to jail for manslaughter. The ones threatening people will also go to jail. The one who beat people will also go to jail.”