Crime & Investigation

Kayihura Warns Against Violence in NRM Primaries

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura has vowed to crack down on all militia groups organized by candidates ahead of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries on Monday 26.

The IGP told journalists last night at the Police headquarters in Naguru that security forces have learnt that several candidates and parties have organized vigilantes and as well hired goons to beat up their opponents which could spark off violence across the country.

“Due to several violent incidents that have characterized the party primaries in the recently concluded elections, sickness we felt it’s important to alert the country that the State is in control and will not allow any violence, information pills ” Kayihura warned.

“We have learnt that several groups which include among others; Kalangala Action Plan by Maj. Gen. Kakooza Mutale, ask Solida by the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, Kifasi, One Blood group, Red Belt, Kagirita, B 13 in Luweero and Kasoro group have already been hired by different candidates to exercise violence against their opponents,” revealed the police boss.

“We want to assure the country that Police won’t allow organized criminality to continue and we have therefore launched an operation that is led by police and intelligence to stop the trend of formation of criminal groups.”

The warning comes against the backdrop of an ambush of Rushenyi County MP Mwesigwa Rukutana’s car in Ntungamo on Friday night.

The car was smashed with stones by supporters of Rukutana’s rivals.

Kayihura said leaders of militias “must disband their groups because police will come for them; we advise them to begin being law abiding.”


The IGP singled out Hoima, Bundibugyo, Katakwi and Isingiro districts as having experienced high levels of criminality during campaigns for NRM primaries.

“Primaries must take place without violence; people must know that elections are not warfare,” charged Kayihura who was flanked by ISO boss Brig Ronnie Balya and other army officers.

Kayihura has also warned against bribing of voters using money and material goods, saying perpetrators will be arrested.

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