Police has said Uganda will remain peaceful despite some criminal elements who are suspected to be planning to commit violent crimes after the recently-concluded presidential elections.
According to police spokesman Fred Enanga, through intelligence reports, they have been collecting information that some people were planning to protest the outcomes of the elections and they have already thwarted some of these plans.
“Our intelligence components picked information of disruptive plans, dubbed “plan B” by selected candidates and political parties that have not only rejected the outcomes of the elections but also advocating for violent riots and demonstrations coordinated by their district mobilizers across the country,” the spokesman said in a Monday statement.
“On the 16th and 17th of January 2021, our task teams countered violent protests by upset rioters in Masaka, Nsangi and further disrupted all plans by NUP to start riots simultaneously in all major cities and towns in Uganda.”
Enanga says they are on alert to respond against any form of violent crime and that Ugandans shouldn’t worry about any instability.
“Just like we assured Ugandans and visitors to Uganda, about very peaceful elections, we would like to assure them of a peaceful aftermath of the elections with very robust plans to respond proportionately against all perpetrators of violent crime, and lawlessness,” he said.
“We have also continued to maintain our visibility and alertness across our boundaries to curtail any infiltration of negative forces linked to domestic terror cells and acts of civil disorder. We would like to warn all persons that had been mobilized from the districts of Kasese, Jinja, Mityana, Luwero and Mbale, to take to the streets in Kampala, the epicenter of the planned riots to reject such calls and instead remain law-abiding.”
Police says Ugandans and visitors to the country should start going about their businesses and daily activities “without fear.”