President Museveni the commander in chief of armed forces has suspended the entire security leadership in Arua district following the incident that saw his car stoned by opposition supporters.
The president says the Arua district Internal Security organization (DISO) has been removed and will be replaced by a new one. He also follows the transfer of the district police commander who was also replaced by SP Kintu from Masaka district.
He maintains that the problem in Arua was caused by Bobi Wine’s group together with Kasiano Wadri, who attacked him something he describes as a useless action because he is protected and that he can defend himself.
He explains that the more serious issue is the group he also terms as chronically indisciplined people attacking women and children, destroying people’s property.
“Who is Bobi Wine or anybody to beat our people and for what? Watch the videos of Jinja and Bugiri, which are attached to this post. Should that happen in Uganda and why”.Museveni wonders.
The head of state further said that If the Army had not intervened in Arua, a lot of people would have been killed by Bobi Wine group saying that they had gathered stones, knives and that there were reports of even guns.
“Why is it that we have never heard of any incident where the NRM supporters have ever attacked the Opposition supporters? Do you remember how the Bobi Wines were attacking the other MPs in Parliament? Are we to allow them to attack the Wanainchi in similar ways?”.
“How about assaulting soldiers or policemen? Do you remember the policeman, Ariong, who died from a stone throw? The security forces should be commended for saving mass deaths in spite of the fact that many of them were not equipped for anti-riot”.
“Nevertheless, they managed to subdue, without shooting these violent characters who were trying to attack them as you saw their conduct in Parliament. I will study more the issue of the driver who died”.
Museveni noted that Hon. Zake’s story is that he colluded with nurses to escape from the hospital in Arua where he had been taken after his violent confrontation with the security forces.
“The Police have not moved to rearrest him because he resurfaced in a hospital in Kampala. Let him recover, the charges still await him. Resisting arrest is disobeying a lawful order. It is punishable by a sentence of imprisonment for two years”.
“Those who pretend to support the Opposition are misleading them by failing to advise them to stop intimidating and attacking Ugandans. The Ugandans, led by us, will resist them”.
“The limited counter-attack in Arua of arresting and putting in lawful custody the perpetrators that are suspected to have attacked people, like it happened in Jinja, Bugiri etc, should send a warning to those who are in the habit of miscalculating”.
This group has been putting on red to signify their intention to shed blood; and they have been putting on Army red berets to signify their intention of using military means. We have ignored those threatening signals.
“However, to threaten Ugandans by words and to actually attack them by stones, clubs and guns will not be tolerated. To rape women because they are NRM, or, indeed, raping any woman, qualify one for a death sentence in the Law Courts of Uganda”.
“If you do not see these as problems, then you are a fascist. The Security forces must be commended because they saved mass deaths by dispersing these misguided people without using rifle fire, considering the fact that many of them were not equipped for anti- riot duties notwithstanding.
He explained that Kassiano Wadri, on the other hand, who should not have been in the company of such violent people, did not change residences and did not engage in hand to hand combat with security forces, from the reports he got.
“His mistake may be to organize and participate in such a violent procession and to import illegal voters. The court will decide according to the evidence. Stop supporting impunity, stop supporting election cheating, and stop supporting violence whatever side you are on”.
Museveni further revealed that he investigating the circumstances of the driver of Bobi Wine who died.
“In certain circumstances, the Police can use live bullets if they are not equipped with anti-riot equipment and the rioters are on the verge of killing innocent people. That is also possible”.