The Joint Task Force on security has assured Ugandans that President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony, which will be held on May 12, will be successful, as they have considered all possible sources of disruption.
“The Joint Task Force has the mandate to ensure the pre-swearing, swearing-in and post events, take place in a very safe and secure manner. We are, therefore, confident of holding a successful event since it was planned for in the security master plan for policing the 2021 general elections, with contingencies and counter-response plans, against any threats and vulnerabilities,” Fred Enanga, the police spokesman, said in a Monday statement.
“At this stage, we want to inform the public that there are no specific threats directed towards the swearing-in ceremony, although, we anticipate disruptive activities, such as the use of petrol bombs, acts of sabotage, blocking roads, burning tyres and other disruptive activities,” he went on.
“However, our Joint Intelligence Components have picked this piece of information, and continue to gather information surrounding the would-be perpetrators. We also are monitoring some of the disgruntled supporters who continue with their usual rhetoric of threats to violence. But we have since established that most of their threats do not pose any serious risk of violence.”
The event will be held at the Kololo Independence Grounds starting at 7am and forty-two heads of state have been invited to the function.
According to Enanga, Joint Operation Command Centres across the country have been full-equipped with “relevant intel, operative and investigative components” and they are operating 24/7.
“They are closely monitoring a wide range of potential threats especially acts of domestic extremism, external influence, radical behaviour and closely monitoring all our border areas and crossing points, especially in the West Nile region,” he said.
“Due to security reasons, we won’t go into the specific details but are more than prepared to do anything within our means to maintain law and order. We urge all Ugandans and visitors in the country to remain peaceful, law-abiding and report any suspicious behaviour to the nearest police unit.”
President Museveni won the Feb. 14 election with 58.64%, beating 10 other candidates, including the closest challenger, Bobi Wine, who had 34.83%. The swearing-in theme is 'Securing the Future.