In a quest to consolidate his position as the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today passed out 4809 police officers as the general elections draw close.
The said function is usually presided over by the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola or his Deputy Sabiiti Mzee but on the contrary, Gen. Museveni took over today’s function. Among the passed out were the Probation Police Constables (PPCs) and Learner Assistant Inspectors of Police (LAIP) who are largely expected to help the government in the encroaching general elections.
Over the last days, Museveni has been critical and bitter towards the opposition members whom he accuses of being intolerant and that he will retaliate on those who stand in his way. In the recent remarks as he addressed the NRM party members, an infuriated Museveni said he would deal with idiots who are allegedly tormenting and intimidating NRM supporters. “Do not intimidate people. People are being attacked,” Museveni said on Tuesday. “The ones who attacked our girl in Kisekka will pay for sure. You absolutely have no right to attack me or wanting to vote. You have no right to abuse me and be rude to me. I am in my country and my house,” he added.
The president also bitterly warned to dismiss negligent police officers who cannot rescue NRM supporters when they are being targeted. “How can the police watch on when this is happening. We shall send that police officer to go and rear goats,” he warned.
Usually when the elections are drawing close, the government creates militia groups for instance in 2016 when Gen. Kayihura created the Crime Preventers Unit who later morphed into the LDU. These groups are instrumental in meting out violence on the masses in times of elections. Police also in election years, recruits extra constables to monitor the polls across the country.