At least 41 people have been arrested by security agencies for allegedly planning to disrupt President Museveni’s inauguration ceremony on Wednesday this week, the army has said.
According to UPDF deputy spokesperson, Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, the arrest was treated as a preventive measure to ensure that the veteran leader swears in for his sixth elective term in office.
“To effect several detection, deterrent, and preventive security measures to ensure no one hell-bent to disrupt the Wednesday function succeeds,” Akiiki told Journalists on Monday evening.
This- was moments after Uganda’s most notable opposition leaders, Dr. Kizza Besigye and Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi said their homes had been surrounded by security operatives.
“The military and police have yet again surrounded my residence, as Gen. Museveni prepares to illegally swear himself in this Wednesday! The coward is fully aware that he’s illegitimate, and that’s why he’s very scared of the people. Hang in there comrades. We shall overcome,” Mr Kyagulanyi tweeted on Monda.
His tweet came just after the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party claimed its founding president and four time presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye’s home had equally been surrounded.
“We have been informed that military forces have surrounded Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye’s home this afternoon,” FDC tweeted.