Ugandans have been warned against attacking the president or his motorcade, actions an army official said can potentially attract “disastrous consequences” for the perpetrators.
This was revealed by Maj Chris Magezi, the Spokesperson of the Office of Presidential Advisor in charge of Special Operations.
“No one should ever attempt to attack the president or his motorcade,” said Magezi when contacted by ChimpReports on Wednesday.
“The person of the president is protected by law. For you to attempt to physically attack the president is the most reckless act you would ever imagine because the consequences would be disastrous,” he emphasised.
Magezi’s comments came after a car in the presidential motorcade was struck with a stone during the Arua Municipality by-election violence on August 12.
The chaos saw the driver of MP Robert Kyagulanyi Yasin Kawuma killed.
Several MPs and scores of opposition supporters were jailed on charges of illegal possession of firearms, inciting violence and treason among others.
Maj Magezi, speaking on behalf of the office currently occupied by Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, said attacking the president “means attempting to overthrow the Constitution.”
He added: “We are mandated to protect the president under all circumstances.”
Asked to shed more light on the culprits responsible for Kawuma’s death, Magezi said “that matter is under investigation,” adding, “There was confusion.”
He said the country “saw rival groups of Bobi Wine and Kassiano Wadri marching into the rally of FDC. If you do that anything can happen.”
On Bobi Wine’s incarceration, Magezi said “preliminary information shows he had firearms. That’s why he is in custody. Being found with arms is enough qualification for prosecution before the General Court Martial.”
Pressed to explain the logic behind the torture of MPs and civilians arrested by security forces, Magezi said “Special Forces Command which is under UPDF doesn’t condone torture. We have a long tradition and practice as a revolutionary people’s force and our track record is clean on this. Those found culpable are held responsible.”
He, however, emphasised that acts of political violence would be contained.
“Those who are engaged in violence are taking it to another level,” said the Major, adding, “This will not be tolerated at all.”
The remanded MPs appear in court on Thursday for mention of their case.