Several warnings were issued by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to those who may destabilize the swearing-in of President Museveni for his sixth term.
The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) has issued a strong warning to all threatening to destabilize President Museveni’s swearing-in for the sixth term.
Museveni who was the victor in the January 14 presidential polls is expected to be sworn in once again as President on May 12.
However, as the date first approaches notable opposition groups have come out to threaten that they will not allow the swearing in to commence.
Among others, a group of supporters of the National Unity Platform party based in South Africa named “Time is Now” has since come out and vowed to block the ceremony from happening.
News circulated various social media platforms last week indicating that the said group had fundraised money totalling about sh50million to ensure this is made possible.
However, while addressing the media on Monday, the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso said security who was quick to display posters with wordings of intended moves said they have deployed heavily to ensure these plans are not turned to action.
Brig. Byekwaso revealed that any person who engages in activities aimed at destabilizing the peace and security of the country becomes an enemy of the country and therefore shall be dealt with decisively.
“These people think they can achieve their objectives through different ways and means. Intelligence has picked information to this effect. Any person who stands in the path of peace and stability of this country becomes an enemy of the country and shall therefore be dealt with decisively, “Byekwaso said.
In addition, she said they are aware of some groups of people behind the said plans and they have also confiscated some posters enticing the general public to provide them with some backup.
“Many of these groups are inviting Ugandans along with tribal sentiments and we have confiscated their posters. We ask members of the public to desist from these acts because they are not productive. This is to sound a warning to anyone harboring such plans to abandon them. We know where you are and this is not a joke,” Byekwaso added.
Meanwhile, Museveni who awaits swearing was in January re-elected as president for another term after gathering 58.38% of the votes ahead of NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu who finished with 35.08%.
Museveni will consequently be sworn in for his sixth term on May 12. Among others, many different heads of state are expected to attend the inauguration ceremony.