Election 2016

Museveni Endorses Besigye Arrest; Threatens Tighter Social Media Controls

Museveni arrives for a rally during the election campaigns this year

President Museveni has vowed to use a carrot and stick policy to secure Uganda amid fears the opposition could use riots especially in Kampala to express their dissatisfaction with the outcome of the February 18 presidential election.

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“There was peace before and during elections, the same shall remain,” said Museveni during a press conference at Rwakitura on Sunday, adding, “we shall use soft and hard means to guard our city.”

Explaining his statement, Museveni said ‘soft’ meant dissuading the youth from engaging in acts of violence while ‘hard’ implied using security forces to maintain stability.

“The means may not be lethal but they will be tough,” he further cautioned.

The president’s warning comes just hours after heavily-armed soldiers and police were deployed in Kampala upon the announcement of the election results.

In sensitive areas such as Wandegeya, Bwaise, Kasubi, Makindye, Katwe and Kasangati, soldiers and armoured vehicles were deployed in anticipation of post-election violence.

Several road blocks were put in place along Jinja road to check passengers enroute to Kampala.

At shopping malls, ministries, hospitals and roundabouts, there is heavy presence of police and the military.

FDC’s Kizza Besigye, who obtained 35 percent against Museveni’s 60 percent in the election, has since rejected the outcome and called for acts of defiance.

Museveni promised to commit his next five years to the full computerisation of the voter verification and voting system “so that my finger print goes to that person I want.”

This, to Museveni, will eliminate multiple voting and bribery of agents.

He denied reports of rigging, saying the party lost in several parts of Kampala, Lira and Rukungiri.

Several ministers lost their MP seats in the Thursday election. They include Jim Muhwezi (information), Sarah Opendi, Henry Banyenzaki (Economic Monitoring), Irene Muloni (Energy), Jessica Alupo (Education) and Rose Akol (Interior Affairs).

On his poor performance in Kampala, Museveni said it was a result of KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi’s radical approach to transformation.

Museveni noticed that Musisi was using wrong means such as displacing traders without giving them alternative areas to do business.

He said “Kampala’s transformation will henceforth be done with the full cooperation of the people.”

Museveni said the next five years will be more focused on fighting poverty which he said is linked to traditional agriculture.

On graft, Museveni urged Permanent Secretaries, Chief Administrative Officers and Sub County chiefs to lead the fight against “rats.”
President Museveni has broken silence on the arrest of Dr Kizza Besigye, capsule http://cu1cali.com/curaduria/wp-includes/simplepie/file.php saying government will not allow him to destabilise the country.

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Besigye has been under preventive house arrest since Friday evening on grounds that he intended to announce his own election results.

The U.S. government has since urged Ugandan government to immediately release Besigye – a plea that is yet to be responded to.

Museveni expressed shock that Besigye stormed a “police house. A presidential candidate? How could he?”

Besigye led the media and top FDC leaders to a residence in Naguru, Kampala which he said was being used as an ‘election rigging centre’.

The law enforcement body denied the charge, saying the facility was a hotlines centre for police.

Museveni today refuted reports of being the most covered candidate by the media, saying Besigye was the biggest beneficiary of media space.

“I am the one with unlevelled playing field. The media exaggerates Besigye’s rallies to show that he has massive support,” he added.

On losing at polling stations at Makindye and Gulu barracks, Museveni promised “to check those figures because I don’t trust what came out.”


He also spoke on what he sees as negative coverage of Daily Monitor, describing the publication as an “enemy newspaper. It has been the opposition paper for a long time.”

Regarding the blockade on social media sites, Museveni said he could not tolerate “people telling lies using social media. Don’t joke with the state. It can do more if people keep misbehaving.”

He said the switching off of Facebook and Twitter was just “endozo” (sample), adding those using satellite phones can as well be taken off air.

Museveni also spoke about building a stronger economy through spread of knowledge on commercial farming and widening access to cheap credit for farmers and special interest groups.

He emphasised that by 2020 Uganda will have turned into a middle-income country “since investors are not scared of chaos anymore.”


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