Museveni: We’ll Use Tough Means to Guard Kampala

Museveni says he will decisively fight corruption in government institutions

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.

“I am warning those threatening to burn the city not to try, visit web online just like I told them before. Uganda is peaceful country, check ” said the retired general, more about who in 1986 led a group of guerrillas to capture Kampala after the collapse of Milton Obote’s regime.

“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.”

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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.”


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