Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo has come out cautioning that incumbent President Yoweri Museveni’s campaign is likely to take a hit from the high handed actions of some elements within the security agencies.
Opondo, who is also the Deputy Spokesperson of Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) party fears that the president might lose the vote of the “faint hearted” Ugandans who have had to watch gruesome scenes of security officers taking on members of the public in the course of keeping law and order during the election season.
“To the faint hearted, this will come back to hurt the Chief Executive who is also a candidate in this election,” Opondo warned while appearing on Capital FM on Saturday morning.
“The actions of these law enforcement agencies has already diverted us,” he added.
“Right now no one is talking about the campaign issues and policy alternatives being proposed by these other candidates; all that people are talking about is the violence on the streets and to that end, the NRM campaign has been downgraded.”
At least 50 people are said to have been killed in the violence that erupted early last week following the arrest of NUP Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) in Luuka for allegedly flouting campaign guidelines
In the wake of the tragedy where several of the victims are said to have been innocent bystanders, some government officials including Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwiine leapt in defense of the security agencies who they said acted in self-defence and in haste to restore calm especially in the heart of the capital Kampala.
However, early this week, Minister Tumwiine came out to describe the shooting of innocents as regrettable.