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July 31, 2021

We Are Ready For You: UPDF Vows To Deal With Groups Threatening To Block Museveni’s Swearing In

We Are Ready For You: UPDF Vows To Deal With Groups Threatening To Block Museveni's Swearing In


UPDF spokesperson Brig Flavia Byekwaso has sounded a clear warning to those spreading Baganda vs Bahima sectarianism as part of a plot to disrupt President Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony next month

Museveni won the January 14 presidential election, garnering 58 percent of the just over 10 million votes cast.

As the inauguration ceremony set for May 12 nears, a pressure group based in South Africa named “Time is Now” has threatened to block the ceremony.

The pressure group last week organized a fundraising dinner in which over R200,000 which is about 50 million Uganda shillings was collected at a function held at Southern Sun hotel in the heart of Pretoria city.

The dinner was an invite-only event that according to impeccable sources was attended by long-serving Ugandan professionals living in different cities of South Africa, friends of Uganda from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Rwanda.

Addressing journalists on Monday, UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso said security has got wind of the group’s plans, adding that they are closely following them.

“These people think they can achieve their objectives through different ways and means. Intelligence has picked information to this effect. Any person who stands in the path of peace and stability of this country becomes an enemy of the country and shall therefore be dealt with decisively, “Byekwaso said.

The group last week marched on South African streets with placards and posters denouncing President Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony and asked the international community to intervene in the matter.

Addressing journalists on Monday, the army spokesperson displayed some of the posters that she said had been confiscated from the streets after being pinned up by members of the group.

“They are inviting Ugandans along with tribal sentiments and we have confiscated their posters. We ask members of the public to desist from these acts because they are not productive, this is to sound a warning to anyone harboring such plans to abandon them. We know where you are and this is not a joke.” Brig Byekwaso said

One of the placards written in Luganda loosely translates to: ‘He [Museveni] will not take oath as president, let a Muganda also become president.

The words on another placard loosely to: “Let’s chase Bahima on May 01.”

Byekwaso said the security forces were ready to deal with those spreading sectarianism and propaganda.

“We are all aware that the president of the Republic of Uganda has warned against tribalism and sectarianism. As security forces, we will fight negative propaganda,” she said.

“Any person who stands in the way of peace will be dealt with decisively. Ugandans are urged to desist from such, they are not productive. We urge those who are planning for such to stop because we are aware and know where they are.”

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