President Museveni has come out to give his own insight of the Arua chaos that ensued in the Municipality on Monday during the last campaign rallies for the Arua by-election.
The chaos which President Museveni blames on the weak management by the police and some opposition elements left one person dead and six others injured. Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi wine’s driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead in that Arua chaos.
President Museveni in his statement posted on his facebook timeline on Wednesday, said he understands that some people were worried about the endless criminal acts of elements of the Opposition, including the incidents in the Arua chaos on Monday.
“I always insist on singling out the grandchildren because I want them to be conversant with our rich experiences spanning a period of 58 years. The elements of the Opposition, including Kassiano Wadri, Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and others, who stoned our convoy, including my vehicle,” President Museveni said.
“The stones they threw broke the rear glass window of the car where we transport luggage. That window glass is not armored. There was no harm on the old man with a hat, he said, adding: “It is a big shame to have such confused people who want to use violence to intimidate Ugandans. Nobody has a right to intimidate any Ugandan by word or action.”
“Our intervention could have resulted into people’s death because we only had live bullets,” Museveni said.
“Unfortunately, this crowd, with a tinga tinga (a grader), apparently continued to the town where they attacked people who were coming from the NRM rally. They injured quite a number of people with stones. It was in those scuffles that one of the attackers was shot dead. This is due to the weak management by the Police and the criminal behavior of some of the Opposition leaders,”
He wondered why someone would take supporters through congested streets yet the law is clear that the supporters should go for the rally at an agreed venue and, after the rally, everybody disperses to his/her home. He warned NRM leaders to never involve themselves in such processions because they inconvenience the public.
Flash Uganda media will keep you posted.
By Paul Wetaase