The Uganda Police Force is ready and more than prepared to keep law and order towards, during and after the swearing-in ceremony of president Yoweri Museveni on May 12th, 2021.
Mr Museveni was declared winner of the 2021 elections and will be sworn in for the sixth term at the Kololo Independence Grounds. The ceremony marks the climax of the Presidential Election.
“The Joint Task Force has a mandate to ensure the pre-swearing, swearing-in and post events, take place in a very safe and secure manner. We are therefore, confident of holding a successful event since it was planned for in the security master plan for policing the 2021 general elections, with contingencies and counter- response plans, against any threats and vulnerabilities,” Mr Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson said on Monday.
“At this stage, we want to inform the public that there are no specific threats directed towards the swearing in ceremony, although, we anticipate disruptive activities, such as the use of petrol bombs, acts of sabotage, blocking roads, burning tyres and other disruptive activities,” he added.
Enanga said the force has some leads towards the whereabouts of those intending to cause mayhem.
“However, our Joint Intelligence Components have picked this piece of information, and continue to gather information surrounding the would be perpetrators. We also are monitoring some of the disgruntled supporters who continue with their usual rhetoric of threats to violence. But we have since established that most of their threats do not pose any serious risk of violence.”
Mr Enanga revealed that the Joint Operation Command Centres across the country, are fully alert, with the relevant intel, operative and investigative components; operating 24/7.
He noted that they are closely monitoring a wide-range of potential threats especially acts of domestic extremism, external influence , radical behaviour and closely monitoring all our border areas and crossing points, especially in West Nile region.
“Due to security reasons, we won’t go into the specific details, but are more than prepared to do anything within our means to maintain law and order. We urge all Ugandans and visitors in the country to remain peaceful, law abiding and report any suspicious behaviour to the nearest police unit,” he said.
According to results announced by the Electoral Commission, Mr Museveni won the January polls with 58% beating ten others who included musician closest rival Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine.
Over 50 people lost their lives during riots that erupted in the country in November,2020 following the arrest of Bobi Wine in the Eastern district of Luuka.
This left many apolitical observers worried of what would happen during after the elections.
However, the exercise largely went on well and successful.
Museveni’s main challenger, the NUP flag bearer Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert was placed under house arrest for about ten days until court directed that the army and police vacate the home of Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament.
Kyagulanyi thereafter went to the supreme court challenging Museveni’s victory but the former later withdrew the case citing biasness of some of the justices.
Bobi Wine would consequently urge his supporters to come out and use peaceful means to demand for ‘their victory’.
Unlike in November though, the people have at least not been seen coming out publicly to show ‘their power’ and solidarity towards the cause.
With just a few days left until the swearing-in ceremony, all eyes are on the man from Magere and his supporters.
After officially taking oauth on May 12th, Mr Museveni who has ruled Uganda since 1986, will begin another five year term that runs up to 2026.