Uganda Police: Opposition Planning Violent Riots on Tuesday

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Police have warned opposition against holding what they described as “nationwide violent demonstrations”, saying they risked facing the full wrath of the law.

The development comes a day after President said security forces had successfully crushed an insurrection in November 2020.

“We have received  information from credible sources that a section of opposition politicians are planning  nationwide violent  demonstrations and riots beginning with Kampala Metropolitan area tomorrow (9/3/2021),” said Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Oweyesigire this Monday evening.

“The organisers of these illegal demonstrations are mobilising the public using social media and leaflets with wording that reads “Time is Now. Join Nationalwide protests to fight for our victory. M7 Tajja Kulayira”, he added.

He didn’t specify which opposition groups were planning the riots.

ChimpReports understands the military this past weekend finalized plans to deploy crack units across Kampala as a precautionary measure.

The opposition accuse the NRM government of human rights abuses, mass arrests and rigging of the 2021 polls – accusations the ruling party vehemently denies.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) has since piled pressure on security to account for their supporters arrested during the pre-election violence.

Museveni said the “heroic Armed Forces, the UPDF, entered the picture, starting with the 20th of November, 2020.”

He added: “The Commandos, the Military Police, the LDUs, other elements of UPDF etc., started operations in Kampala and crushed the insurrection, killing a number of terrorists, such as Semanda Joshua of Makerere Kivulu, who was shot by a woman Commando, the idiot was trying to attack; Serunjoji Alex of Nakivubo channel etc.”

Oweyesigire said Police have “deployed strategically to counter these illegal acts and we are continuing with vigilance.”

He added: “We want to warn the organisers of these unlawful demonstrations to desist from participating in any unlawful activities.”

On Saturday night, Museveni accused opposition of trying to disrupt peace in Uganda.

He said the “traitors, local parasites and their foreign backers, be informed that the forces that liberated Uganda and have defended it eversince, are there and will always do their duty.”

Oweyesigire said police “will not hesitate to arrest and charge in courts of law  anyone, who will be found participating in these illegal activities.”

Source – ChimpReports

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