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UPDF warns ‘anonymous groups’ threatening to disrupt Museveni’s swearing

UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso displays posters which she claimed security operatives had confiscated from people allegedly planning to disrupt Museveni's inauguration ceremony

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has warned anonymous groups of individuals plotting to cause violence and disrupt Museveni’s inauguration as President that they’ll be apprehended and dealt with as the law suggests.

Speaking to journalists at Police headquarters in Nauguru on Monday, Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF spokesperson, said they have got “credible information” about a section of Ugandans planning to disrupt the swearing-in ceremony of the president-elect, Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

“I would like to bring to your attention the continued hate speech by a section of individuals through help of foreigners; they think they can stop the swearing-in of President Museveni,” Byekwaso sounded warning.

Without revealing the place they got them from, Byekwaso revealed that security agencies have confiscated posters to be used in the protests with words of hate speech that incite violence to the members of the public.

“The Posters circulating in the city have words like “Tajja Kulayila Nomuganda Afugeko”, “Nga 1st May, Kusiiba Tugobe Abahiima”, Byekwaso said. She, however, warned that anyone planning this will be dealt with accordingly.

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Asked whether security has yet made any arrests, the army spokesperson said whereas no one has been arrested, they are closely following up leads and that soon they will take action.

The second runner-up in the just-concluded January 14 polls National Unity Platform presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, has on several times disputed its outcome and called upon supporters to challenge President Museveni’s election before his swearing in next month.

Kyagulanyi, also claimed that he was the winner of the January 14 presidential election, asked his supporters to reclaim his victory which he says was robbed from him by the Electoral Commission with the help of security operatives.

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