The Commander in chief of all armed forces in Uganda, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has this evening issued a statement accusing both Mityana MP Zaake Francis Butebi and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of trying to be violent at the time of their arrest during the 2018 Arua byelection.
Museveni’s missive follows his midweek statements approving the clobbering that the elite SFC soldiers instituted on the People Power principal, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine. In his Thursday missive, Museveni accuses the Mityana municipality legislator, Zaake and other People Power members of being a “misguided group being used by some foreigners to destabilise Uganda and for many months now.”
Reflecting on the entire Arua byelection where the government disbursed over UGX 12.5 billion to boost the campaign of the NRM candidate, Nusura Tiperu, Museveni says that Bobi Wine and his team had planned to wreck havoc on him and other NRM supporters. “They even had driven a road grader (tinga tinga) all the way from Kampala, I think, to use in ramming our vehicles (kutomera),” explains part of his missive.
He adds that when the rowdy crowd attacked him in his motorcade, SFC soldiers first delivered him to Arua airstrip and came back to crush MPs Zaake and Kyagulanyi who were allegedly behind the attack. “The SFC soldiers in a disciplined way delivered me to the helicopter first and went looking for the ring leaders-Bobi Wine, Zaake and others. Eventually, they found them in a hotel. These wonderful gentlemen tried to assault our soldiers with punches,” he explains in the missive. “The soldiers punched them back until they subdued them. It is very impressive that soldiers never used guns against Bobi Wine and Saake in the hotel rooms where they were making a fool of themselves trying to box soldiers as if they were boxing village thieves,” he adds.