Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has vowed to deal with anyone flouting the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 guidelines as campaigns intensify ahead of January 14, 2021, General Election.
Museveni was reacting on Friday to protests being witnessed in the country over the arrest and continued detention of presidential opposition candidate Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine.
“Uganda is stable and the NRM (National Resistance Movement) government will not allow those seeking to mess with this stability to get away with it. Also, for those attacking NRM supporters, you will lose this appetite. You are entering a terrain in which we are experts. Desist, ” he captioned a video of him warning the opposition and its supporters.
Uganda is stable and the NRM government will not allow those seeking to mess with this stability to get away with it.
Also, for those attacking NRM supporters, you will lose this appetite. You are entering a terrain in which we are experts. Desist. pic.twitter.com/ioKPPAHD5i
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) November 20, 2020
The Member of Parliament for Kyadondo County East constituency was arrested on Wednesday in the country’s eastern district of Luuka during a campaign rally.
Police accused him of violating guidelines on the number of people allowed to attend political rallies.
So far, at least 29 people have been confirmed dead as Wine’s supporters continue to call for his release from police custody.
Media reports indicate that most of the victims succumbed to gunshot wounds.
In the protests that turned chaotic, police and military officers fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse young people who lit fires and erected barricades on roads.
Wine’s fellow presidential candidates (Rtd) Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, (Rtd) Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, Mr Norbert Mao and Mr Fred Mwesigye have suspended their campaigns in solidarity with the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate.
The musician-turned-politician is expected to give Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for three decades, a run for his money in the January poll.