Two arrested over circulating leaflets castigating Museveni’s 35-year rule

MASAKA, UGANDA: Police in Masaka have arrested two people for allegedly circulating leaflets with messages ‘demeaning’ the person of Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni.   

The pink-coloured leaflets with Museveni’s cross-stroked-picture started circulating last week in Masaka City and nearby communities.

They are inscribed with messages branding Museveni a dictator and castigating his administration for failing to end poverty, nepotism extrajudicial killings, and human rights abuses. 

They are also calling on Ugandans to rise up against the Museveni-regime.

At the time the messages were circulated, President Museveni had just been declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) as president elect with 58 per cent of the total votes cast through a January 14 poll.

Museveni emerged winner of the 2021 Presidential Election after defeating National Unity Platform Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu who got 35 per cent of the votes, according to results declared by the Electoral Commission.

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Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson Muhammad Nsubuga said the two, currently under detention at Masaka Central Police station, were operating in a group of more than ten people said to have masterminded the circulation of the leaflets. 

Nsubuga explains that they used the city’s security cameras and intelligence information to identify the suspects.  

“We have used city security cameras in our investigations as well as intelligence information from concerned residents and the business community to identify the suspects,” Nsubuga stated on February 07. 

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He advised residents to desist from practices that may land them in trouble and report anyone causing unrest in their communities.

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