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You will pay! Museveni lashes at Bobi Wine, Wadri over Arua chaos

President Museveni has lashed out at Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi, Kassiano Wadri and their supporters for inciting violence that led to the August 13 scuffle in Arua (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMPALA – President Museveni has blamed MP Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine and Mr Kasiano Wadri, the Independent candidate in the Arua Municipality by-election for the chaos after Monday’s campaigns in which a driver to the Kyaddondo East legislator was shot dead.

In a statement released on Wednesday, August 15 morning, Mr Museveni hinted that the two leaders would be pursued in relation to the Monday chaos because they had organised “hooligans” that attacked a vehicle in his convoy.

“(The) elements of the Opposition, including Kassiano Wadri, Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and others stoned our convoy, including my vehicle. The stones they threw broke the rear glass window of the car where we transport luggage. That window glass is not armoured.

There was no harm to the old man with a hat,” the president wrote, adding;-

“Some leaders have been acting with impunity and it has caused the death of one in Bugiri and, now, one person in Arua. These acts are strongly rejected and will be punished according to the law. Anybody who organizes such groups is responsible for their misconduct,” the President wrote in a message released by his senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama.

Mr Museveni was on the area to drum up support for NRM candidate Nusura Tiperu in the hotly contested by-election. But after Monday’s final campaigns, hell broke loose after supporters of the different candidates colluded with the president’s convoy.

The police has since arrested all the opposition MPs including Robert Kyagulanyi (Kyadondo East), Francis Zaake (Mityana), Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo), Paul Mwiru (Jinja) and Mike Mabikke (former Makindye East MP) alongside independent candidate Kassiano Wadri and say they are being investigated whether they used the guns during the violence that marked the end of the campaigns ahead of today’s polls.

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PRESIDENT’S FULL STATEMENT ON MONDAY INCIDENTS IN ARUA TOWN

Countrymen, Countrywomen and, especially, Bazukulu (grandchildren)

I always insist on singling out the grandchildren because I want them to be conversant with our rich experiences spanning a period of 58 years.

I understand that some of our people were worried about the endless criminal acts of elements of the Opposition, including the incidents of Arua on Monday.

The elements of the Opposition, including Kassiano Wadri, Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and others, who stoned our convoy, including my vehicle.

The stones they threw broke the rear glass window of the car where we transport luggage. That window glass is not armoured. There was no harm to the old man with a hat.

It is a big shame to have such confused people who want to use violence to intimidate Ugandans. Nobody has a right to intimidate any Ugandan by word or action.

Fortunately, my convoy did not react with fire in response to this attack. This was because we were not equipped for anti-riots. Our intervention could have resulted in people’s death because we only had live bullets.

Unfortunately, this crowd, with a tinga tinga (a grader), apparently continued to the town where they attacked people who were coming from the NRM rally.

They injured quite a number of people with stones. It was in those scuffles that one of the attackers was shot dead. This is due to the weak management by the Police and the criminal behaviour of some of the Opposition leaders.

Why take supporters in processions through congested streets? The legal thing is to go for the rally at the agreed venue and, after the rally, everybody disperses to his/her home.

Processions are illegal and the NRM leaders should not be part of them because they inconvenience the public.

Some leaders have been acting with impunity and it has caused the death of one in Bugiri and, now, one person in Arua. These acts are strongly rejected and will be punished according to the law. Anybody who organizes such groups is responsible for their misconduct.

We went to the bush to fight for the right of making political decisions by Ugandans without intimidation by word or action. Anybody who threatens this will have himself to blame.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President

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