Wednesday 15th August 2018
President Museveni has finally spoken on the Arua violence that left MP Robert Kyagulanyi’s driver, Yasin Kawuma dead and several others injured; saying the hind window of his damaged car was not armoured.
Museveni’s comments come against the backdrop of a heated social media debate on the security features of the presidential motorcade.
Ugandans argued on Facebook and Twitter that a stone could not damage the armoured windscreen of the President’s car.
In his statement issued on Wednesday morning, Museveni said that the stones thrown broke the rear glass window of the car where they transport luggage.
“That window glass is not armoured. There was no harm on the old man with a hat.” Museveni said
Museveni blamed elements of the Opposition, including Kassiano Wadri, Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and others, who stoned his convoy, including his vehicle.
Museveni added,that his convoy did not react with fire in response to the attack noting that the only reaction would be live bullets. “This was because we were not equipped for anti-riots. Our intervention could have resulted into people’s death because we only had live bullets.”
Scores remain in jail as security services investigate the Arua incidents which officials say threatened the life of the president.
Museveni said the crowd which hurled stones at his car, “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.”
Police spokesperson Emillian Kayima told press on Tuesday that it is criminal to obstruct and or attack the presidential motorcade as it contravenes the Traffic and road Safety Act as well as provisions in the Penal Code Act.
The President, who was in the area to campaign for NRM’s Nusura Tiperu ahead of Wednesday’s by-election, blamed the chaos on what he called ‘the weak management by the Police and the criminal behaviour of some of the Opposition leaders.’
He said it was 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.” Museveni warned.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website