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Gov’t puts security forces on high alert ahead of swearing-in

The government has put security forces on high alert ahead of the swearing-in of President Yoweri Museveni and cautioned the public against any illegality intended to disrupt the 12th may swearing-in. This as some section of the opposition maintains to swear in NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu on Tuesday 11th May 2021.

As the clock ticks towards Wednesday 12th May 2021, the day gazetted for the swearing in of president Yoweri Museveni, security forces have been put on alert ahead of the function.

This follows plans by some opposition political actors to swear in NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who contested and lost to NRM’s Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni in the January 14 presidential polls.

Information minister Judith Nabakooba says the government will not tolerate any illegal activity.

“Those who are planning to attend that illegal swearing in, I just want to warn you that please , don’t be party because we have only one president who was elected, president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The rest are just being comical,” she said before adding that;

“We don’t expect any other swearing-in. Of course, we have heard in previous elections that people would organise such illegal swearing-in ceremonies. But this time around, stand warned that those ceremonies and organisations that are taking place illegally, the security forces are aware and will not allow that to happen.”

In 2016, FDC presidential candidate RTD COL Dr Kizza Besigye swore in himself, a move that landed him in jail and later is charged with treason. With the NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu likely to be walking the same path, the government has warned against the likely consequences, warning of a repeat of the November 2020 events where dozens were killed following the arrest of Kyagulanyi in Luuka.

A total of 40,42 guests have been invited from across the world for the Wednesday function and despite an earlier directive from the ministry of health that allows gatherings of only 200 people, the government says the guidelines have been revised for the sake of the function.

“Invited guests will be seated in clusters of 200 people in the tents and all the social distancing will be observed as guided by the ministry of Health procedures against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kololo ground is too big to guarantee safe sitting arrangements for all the invited guests. Indeed the sitting will be directed by the ushering committee, together with the construction committee as mapped out for safe sitting of all the invited guests.”

On Wednesday, incumbent president Yoweri Museveni will be sworn in at Kololo airstrip for his 6 straight terms in office till 2026 under the theme “securing your future”. The Electoral Commission declared Museveni the winner with 59% of the vote beating his rival Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert who got 35%.

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