“The Opposition has been threatening to burn petrol stations in Kampala. I want to assure you no one is going to burn Kampala down” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (04.01.2021).
This is continuing what the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the President does best. That is to spread warnings and incite fear. This is spelling out stories that never happens and its supposed to intimidate.
The Opposition are always planning to burn petrol stations and do harm in the elections. However, the ones who come with force and guns is the state. The government comes with the LDUs, Crime Preventers and soldiers. They are tear-gassing and injuring the public. They are coming with live-bullets and even killing protesters. However, the greater public is supposed to fear ghost opposition who plans to set fire to a Total station somewhere in the capital.
The Police Force says this today:
“We would like to issue a stern warning to candidates/political parties that continue to hold mass rallies that it is too dangerous. They have to adjust accordingly for the sake of protecting the health of the community. So far, none of the candidates/political parties have come out with a formal statement cancelling their campaign events in these respective districts/cities and how they will contend with the Electoral Commission directive” (Uganda Police Force, 04.01.2021).
Just as the final campaign rallies are happening. The opposition are already arrested or charged by the state. The opposition have already been blocked and the Police are in the way of ordinary campaigning. The state haven’t offered the opposition a hand. They are saying the opposition shouldn’t hold mass-rallies, but they are not enforcing the same laws in concern to the ruling regime.
Therefore, we know this warning is to the NUP and FDC. These warnings isn’t for the NRM nor anyone else challenging the state. No, these are for Bobi Wine and Patrick Oboi Amuriat. Who are always in legal trouble and having their team under fire. The state is targeting them and warning them.
So, we can just await the use of force and injuring more people ahead of the polls. As the Police will use their means of tear-gas, live-bullets and pre-emptive arrests of opposition activists and candidates. Just like they have been doing through the whole campaign. That will continue and there is no ceasing of this. Peace.