- August 15, 2021
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Museveni Accuses NUP Members Of Being Terrorists
President Museveni on Saturday accused National Unity Platform (NUP) party under Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine of using terrorism during elections.
‘‘I’m using NUP because it was using intimidation and terrorism in elections,” Museveni said.
“Don’t disrupt the NRM by doing abominable things. Don’t damage our heritage-our history- and our image,’’ he noted.
He said the NRM has never thrown stones at anyone saying the indiscriminate force is terrorism.
He compared the opposition party and its leaders to the past regimes of fallen former Ugandan President Idi Amin.
“Those who faced our fire were those defending illegitimate interests like dictators and those denying the people free and fair elections like NUP which is an attempt to resurrect Kabaka Yekka (KY) party or the likes of Amin.”
While addressing the nation in February this year, Museveni said the army commando unit deployed in Kampala had taken out of action people he referred to as terrorists who had wanted to destabilize the 2021 election.
“We brought a distinguished commando unit from Somalia- which had also destroyed ADF rebels. This commando group quickly defeated the terrorists who wanted to disturb elections. They killed some and arrested some of these terrorists,” he revealed.
The Police director in charge of Crime Intelligence, AIGP Brig Christopher Ddamulira, also said the actions of some of the people arrested warranted them to be branded terrorists.
“Following the announcing of results on January 16, 2021, we had a number of incidents of throwing petrol bombs at Nsangi along the Kampala- Masaka road. I don’t know what one would call that if not terrorism! Vehicles and people were targeted by goons. People used meshed nails to disable roads on that road,” Ddamulira said.
“There were others in the central business district. One along Nkrumah road where they threw a petrol bomb on a government vehicle, another one at Arua Park and another one in Kikuubo. If all those are not incidents of terrorism, then we need to have a proper conversation on the hole aspect of terrorism.”
The Police director in charge of Crime Intelligence insisted that the actions that the said people were involved in warranted them to be branded terrorists as was done by the President.
Bobi Wine, in return, accused Museveni of falsifying the number of NUP supporters arrested by security agencies as well as “downplaying atrocities against Ugandans” during his address to the nation on the security situation.