‘Buy your coffin as you go to demonstrate’, Jinja RCC tells protesters

JINJA, UGANDA: Rtd. Maj. David Matovu, the newly-appointed Jinja Resident City Commissioner (RCC) has asked whoever is planning protests to do so while carrying a coffin on their head.

Maj Matovu, while officially assuming office last week, was allaying fears that protests would rock the country following the January 14 General Election.

He was also adding his voice to that of the Minister of Information and National Guidance, Ms Judith Nabakooba, who had earlier said there were elements planning to shutdown the country through riots.

“I don’t want to see such riots or hear of them in Jinja; it will be really treason and whoever will be involved should carry a coffin on their head, rest it by the roadside then go and protest on the highway and people’s buildings are destroyed,” Maj Matovu told a meeting at City Hall.

In attendance were politicians, technical staff, business community, cultural and religious leaders, among others.

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He added: “And this also applies to all of you with businesses and wealth in Jinja; you should not tolerate such nonsense.”

President Museveni last month reshuffled Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and their deputies, two days to the General Election, dropping Jinja RDC, Mr Eric Sakwa, whom he replaced with Ms Deborah Mwesigwa.

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He also appointed Maj Matovu as the first Jinja RCC following its attainment of City status on July, 1, 2020.

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