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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, erectile just like I told them before. Uganda is peaceful country, for sale ” said the retired general, cialis 40mg 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.”

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 saying government will not allow him to destabilise the country.

“Besigye will not be allowed to disturb our peace, illness ” said Museveni during his first press conference at Rwakitura on Sunday after being declared president-elect by the Electoral Commission.

Museveni said the opposition has been preparing to burn Kampala city, visit web something he would not allow.

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.”
The Ministry of Gender, dosage Labour and Social Development on Thursday evening shut down the operations of seven beaches in Entebbe following a special inspection that discovered astonishingly poor public safety conditions.

The affected beaches are: Ggaba Beach, page Aero Beach, order Lido Beach, Nabinyonya Resort Beach, Kisubi Resort Beach, Spenah Beach and Sports Beach.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana said the beaches would be reopened as soon as they complied with instructions handed to their managers – which he said are aimed at protecting lives of beach fans.

“The management of the closed beaches were not complying with health and safety requirements,” said Bigirimana in an exclusive interview with ChimpReports on Friday.

“The standing occupation and safety regulations require that every work place should put in place safety measures for visitors.”

The development comes high on the heels of the tragic death of several people along Entebbe Beaches during this past festive season.

Pictures of dead bodies on strands of sand along Entebbe beaches sent chills down the spine of Ugandans.

Most of the dead bodies were recovered from some of the closed beaches such as Aero and Lido.

Bigirimana said beaches must have standardised safety signs to deal with emergencies such as fire.

He further pointed out that beaches are required to have first aid boxes and trained personnel to administer it in case of an accident or drowning.

“If you don’t have such safety policies, how do you handle a fire outbreak? You need emergency assembly points, fire fighting equipment and exit routes. These ones are lacking,” said Bigirimana.

This website understands the beach owners met with Bigirimana at his office in Kampala yesterday where he handed them the guidelines to be followed.

They promised to give their all to immediately address the safety concerns.

The beach owners further requested to be allowed to operate as they implement the ministry’s safety guidelines.


Bigirimana also asked beach managers to design safe parking areas for clients and fence off water fronts with metallic rings to “regulate and give clearance to those who should go in the water to swim.”

He said beach managers must have life guards and that clients allowed to swim must wear identifiable clothes to facilitate rescue efforts in case of an emergency such as deadly water waves.

The Ministry said lines must clearly be drawn to show the boundary between recreational and navigation water to block people from accessing deep end areas.

The new rules could see the establishment of order at the beaches.

Police publicist Fred Enanga recently said majority of those who died in the beach waters were reportedly drunk when they went swimming in the deep end.

Cases of drowning, overcrowding and violence at beaches have been on the rise in recent months.

Bigirimana said beach goers should not be allowed in water “after 6:00pm when vision is impaired.”

He said this measure seeks to “prevent people under the influence of alcohol or victims of asthma and epilepsy from drowning. The safety guidelines must be put at the entrance of the beaches. The beach managers should as well use hazard alerts such as bells to contain emergency situations.”

Asked when the beaches would be reopened, Bigirimana said in the short term, the aforementioned issues must be addressed and work place training programmes initiated to prevent hazards.

“The beach owners must put in place systems for recording deaths and injuries. They need life guard equipment like binoculars, rescue guards, swim fins and radio communications,” said the Permanent Secretary.

Bigirimana said measures must be put in place to avoid overcrowding by maintaining a minimum number of people at beaches.

In the long term, said the Permanent Secretary, “occupational safety requirements must be integrated in their operational systems.”

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