“Peaceful” Is Just Cover-Up, We Have Withdrawn Lethal Weapons Like Machetes, Knives From Some Protestors – Security Minister Tumwine

“Peaceful” Is Just Cover-Up, We Have Withdrawn Lethal Weapons Like Machetes, Knives From Some Protestors – Security Minister Tumwine

By Norman Isaac Mwambazi

Earlier this week, the National Unity Platform (NUP) president who was the party’s flagbearer in the January 14 presidential elections Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine declared that he won the election with 54% of the vote, but the Electoral Commission (EC) colluded with his biggest opponent and incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni to allegedly rig the election and deny him victory.

Bobi Wine used the same address at his party’s headquarters in Kamwokya to call upon Ugandans to peaceful protest and demand what he claims to be “their victory.” Days after this call, we are yet to see the protests.

This morning, Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine has held a press conference where he debunked the peaceful protest call by the Kydondo East Member of Parliament, saying that the word peaceful is only used as a cover-up.

“As much as these politicians are calling for peaceful demonstrations, their previous and current method of work clearly shows that they are using the word ‘peaceful’ as a cover-up,” Tumwine said.

The four-star bush-war General added, “What has been seen is that leaflets of hate speech all right way are being dumped in the city centres, and lethal weapons such as machetes and knives have been withdrawn from some of the protestors and those preparing to riot. Still, people are trying to bring out tyres to burn the roads.”

Tumwine clarified that those who want to hold peaceful protests should follow the procedures of the same as stipulated by the Public Order Management Act.

“It is with no doubt peaceful demonstration, while the constitution allows it, there are procedures which they don’t follow. Instead, they just want to repeat what we already know,” Tumwine added.

The Minister has assured Ugandans that the government will protect their life and property at all cost and that they should not be intimated by anyone.

“Nobody will disrupt your life, we shall do whatever it takes as always and we are committed to ensuring that nobody disrupts your peace. I want to assure Ugandans and all those who live in Uganda that no one should intimidate you, threaten you, or cause you to stop doing your day to day work. Continue doing your work as you have always done,” Tumwine assured.

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