By Joachim Ssembuze
The newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police has on Monday afternoon warned National Unity Platform supporters and propagandists across the country against promoting panic and fear amongst Ugandans citing that as security agencies, they are not new to curbing such acts of criminality.
“We have very robust plans to respond proportionately against all perpetrators of violent crime and lawlessness,” he said.
Gen Lokech notes that they have learnt of illegal malicious video footage and audios allegedly being spread by opposition political groups with an aimed intention of intimidating and preventing people from going about their normal business and ordering them to stock food that will see them through their intended strikes of February 3 to February 7
“The authors who are allegedly aligned to NUP indicate how the protests will transition into a mass uprising including the use of external forces to attack the government,” he said.
He however notes that such developments inflicting fear to rally support for street violence and civil uprising are of selfish political advantage which intend to provoke people to incite violence but he notes that as police, they are on the watch and won’t allow anyone to disrupt peace.
“Interestingly, it is the same NUP that has petitioned the Supreme Court, that has resorted to fear-mongering about the possibility of targeted attacks on security and other Ugandans who are against such plans of impunity and lawlessness,” he said.
He however revealed to the public that as police, they’re taking these threats seriously and that they should not be intimidated from going about their lawful businesses, because their security and safety is guaranteed.
“We are doing everything within our means to keep the general public safe and secure, from all forms of violence including politics that is divisive and manipulative during this aftermath of the Elections,” he said.
He further appealed to all politicians to desist from politics of fear noting that majority of Ugandans made their voices to be heard during the recent general election and that they now want to live in peace and dignity, without the fear of restricting their movement and uncertainty about what will follow.
“We urge them not to tolerate any acts of impunity and lawlessness in their communities and watch out for any culprits planning to burn tyres, attack other Ugandans going about their normal businesses,” he said.
“We would also like to appeal to whoever is being intimidated or has information that may lead to the arrest of the perpetrators to avail it to the nearest Police Unit, other security agency or local council for immediate action,” he added.