The capital, Kampala has become a den of military as the incumbent president, Gen. Yoweri Museveni consolidates his grip on power ahead of the inauguration ceremony scheduled for May 12. Hot opposition spots like Kiseka market in the central business district of Kampala are under military siege.
Road blocks, air and foot patrols ensue on a daily. The UPDF spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso says the army is just stepping up its operations to ensure a smooth inauguration ceremony for the head of state. On the fighter jets flying at close range daily above Kampala skies, Byekwaso says city dwellers have to endure and bear with it. She claims it is just a training session for the pilots.
“The fighter jets flying low over Kampala are taking part in a “normal routine training exercise,” she said. “They pose no danger to civilians because they are being flied by well trained professionals,” she added.