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UPDF to pressure groups: An enemy of this country shall be dealt with decisively

“The opposition has been planning to stop the swearing-in of the president, they won’t because the security forces will stop them. They won’t stop swearing-in. Security forces will go for him or her,” Museveni said.

Uganda people’s defence force (UPDF) has warned all pressure groups that have shown interest in blocking president Museveni’s swearing in ceremony for the sixth term to give up because they will be dealt with decisively.

UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso told journalists that security has got information about the group’s plans and are closely following them.

“These people think they can achieve their objectives through different ways and means. Intelligence has picked information to this effect. Any person who stands in the path of peace and stability of this country becomes an enemy of the country and shall therefore be dealt with decisively…, “Byekwaso said

While addressing journalists on Monday, Brig. Byekwaso asked Ugandans to stay away from tribal sentiments because they are not productive.

“They are inviting Ugandans along with tribal sentiments and we have confiscated their posters. We ask members of the public to desist from these acts because they are not productive…, “Brig Byekwaso said.

She added “This is to sound a warning to anyone harboring such plans to abandon them. We know where you are and this is not a joke…,”

It should be remembered that the group known as “Time is now” last week marched on South African streets with placards and posters denouncing President Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony and asked the international community to intervene in the matter.

Last week, the group organized a fundraising dinner at Southern Sun hotel in the heart of Pretoria city in which over R200,000 (50 million Uganda shillings) was collected to help fund their campaign.

The dinner was an invite-only event that according to impeccable sources was attended by long-serving Ugandan professionals living in different cities of South Africa, friends of Uganda from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Rwanda.

President Museveni early this month warned no one will stop his swearing in ceremony.

“The opposition has been planning to stop the swearing-in of the president, they won’t because the security forces will stop them. They won’t stop swearing-in. Security forces will go for him or her,” Museveni said.

“They plan all crazy things like killing opposition themselves and claim it is government. To conspire to do that is a crime. I advise them to drop it. I am happy many youths are refusing to follow the criminal plans of their leaders. You can’t disrupt Uganda. Whoever is telling you is deceiving you.”

Asked whether security has yet made any arrests, the army spokesperson said whereas no one has been arrested, they are closely following up leads and that soon they will take action.

“This is to sound a warning to anyone harboring such plans to abandon them. We know where you are and this is not a joke.”

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