In the aftermath of the presidential nominations that were marred with violence, the Government has vowed to deal with the masterminds behind the various incidents of violence especially in Kampala.
Yesterday, Police in running battles with supporters of opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC’s) Patrick Amuriat Oboi as they headed to and from the nomination grounds.
Police arrested Bobi Wine immediately after he was nominated and many of his supporters were arrested and teargassed on grounds that they held processions, something that is contrary to the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi has said Wednesday that nobody will be allowed to threaten others and warned of tough repercussions.
“We assure you as leaders in charge of managing the city that we shall ensure protection of the people living in Kampala and the metropolitan area in their diversity so that no group feels threatened or alienated.”
“We shall not hesitate to decisively deal with those that orchestrate violence and victimize people with divergent political beliefs. Those that engage in criminal acts like defacing legally placed posters of other candidates in this electoral process as well as those that wish to use this period as cover for criminality shall face the full force of the law,” Amongi told reporters at Uganda Media Center on Wednesday.
“We cannot tolerate those who threaten to divide us along ethnic line neither shall we tolerate hate in our beautiful city,” she added.
Amongi said that on Monday November 2, 2020, a group of boda boda riders attacked their fellows who were wearing t-shirts of their party colour around Mini Price supermarket in the city centre.
“A number of business people reported several threats and intimidation where a group of people on Monday were moving in shops warning those who do not wear a particular color not to open their shops. We also got reports from our teams about similar threats in Kiseka market and other downtown areas,” Amongi noted.
“On Tuesday November 3, 2020, there were several incidents in the city that interrupted businesses arising from failure by supporters of some presidential candidates to abide by guidelines stipulated by the Electoral Commission and defying security agencies who were enforcing those regulations,” she added.
She further stated that serious violations of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of COVID-19 such as gatherings and demonstrations without wearing masks, no social distancing among others were observed.
“The above incidences risk breading intolerance, ferments violence and disrupts business in the city all of which affect our economy and way of life,” she said.