President Yoweri Museveni has said last week riots in Uganda could not force him alter his campaign plans because he knew they would be successfully handled.
Museveni made the remarks during a campaign meeting in Kapchorwa District on Friday while addressing NRM leaders of the Sebei-Region (Bukwo, Kween, and Kapchorwa. Museveni said even when he was advised to intervene, he refused.
“I was going for a meeting like this, they told me that something (protests) was happening in Kampala and that I should ring there and also stop my campaigns. I said I won’t interrupt my plans with that nonsense. I said they will handle them” Museveni said.
Protests erupted in Uganda last week following the arrest of the opposition National Unity Platform presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine.
Following Kyagulanyi’s arrest for violating Coronavirus guidelines, protests erupted in Kampala and later spread to several parts of the country, especially town centers in which a number of people were killed and others injured.
During the meeting today, the NRM presidential candidate said that there is no opposition in Uganda which he cannot defeat, arguing that they (Opposition members) have no track record of what they have done on national issues.
“There is no opposition in Uganda which I cannot defeat. They have no track record of what they have done on national issues, so what are they opposing? I don’t see a group that has got a correct position in the politics of Uganda today that can defeat NRM,” President Museveni who is campaigning in Kapchorwa said in a statement posted on his social media platforms.
urged residents that under his leadership characterized with wise decisions, the country has accrued potential resources for development and what is needed now is distributing resources well. He said it is a reason why they should elect MPs who will help in well distribution.
Museveni noted that his government will inject more money into programs like Emyooga, Operations Wealth Creation (OWC) and youth fund which are aimed at ensuring people can create wealth for themselves.
In 2017, president Museveni who has been in power since 1986 said there was no genuine opposition in Uganda, describing some of the people who oppose his regime as disgruntled people.
“These are just confused people and a few youths who have no jobs,” Museveni said at a dinner to celebrate the passing of the age-limit bill by Parliament at State House Entebbe in December 2017.
Two days after he was declared winner of the February 18, 2016 presidential election, Museveni vowed that he would have no opposition left by the time of the 2021 General Election.