President Museveni puts troublemakers on notice day to poll

President Museveni puts troublemakers on notice day to poll

- Yoweri Museveni asked Opposition politicians to desist from instigating violence during the January 14 General Election

- East Africa's longest-serving president claimed certain politicians planned to intimidate and attack voters on the poll day

- The incumbent will be facing opposition from 10 other presidential candidates including singer and MP Bobi Wine

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President Yoweri Museveni has warned Opposition politicians against intimidating and attacking voters even as the country counts down hours to the January 14 General Election.

Yoweri K. Museveni.
President Museveni speaking recently. He warned against election violence. Photo: Yoweri K. Museveni.
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Museveni who is seeking to extend his 35-year-rule for another five-term, if facing opposition from 10 other presidential candidates including singer and MP Bobi Wine.

Addressing the East African nation on Tuesday, January 12, the incumbent put troublemakers on notice while at the same time calling on voters to come out in large numbers.

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"I call upon all registered voters to come out and vote. There have been practice of intimidation especially the opposition people, they have even attacked peaceful people in some areas.
"I held a meeting to security officers, they will protect you. No body will attack you. If anybody tries to do that we shall get him. The security forces following the law are ready to deal with any troublemaker, don't be tempted to break the law," he cautioned.
Yoweri K. Museveni.
President Museveni's supporter at a campaign rally. Ugandans will go to polls on January 14. Photo: Yoweri K. Museveni.
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Blame game

Museveni and Bobi have often traded accusations over the political violence meted on the opposition supporters by the government-leaning National Resistance Movement forces.

Whereas the president claimed the musician turned politician instigated a series of violence for international sympathy, Bobi on the other hand lambasted the police force for intimidating his supporters.

Earlier before the presidential address, the government had deployed heavy security within the capital city of Kampala.

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Leaving nothing to chance

The sight of military trucks and army mean in gear was an indication the security forces would not leave anything to chance lest the situation gets out of hand.

Speaking to Xinhua News, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango explained that the government upgraded its security machinery and deployed both regular police as well as the army.

"Security is key to protection of every person's right to vote and maintain confidence in a safe, secure and accurate election," said Onyango.

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