Tension is high in Uganda ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing-in as homes of opposition politicians Bobi Wine and Kizza Besigye have been surrounded by heavily armed police.
The two opposition leaders took to Twitter on Monday night, May 10, to express concern over heavy police presence around their places of residence as the country prepares for Museveni’s swearing-in on Wednesday, May 12.
There have been allegations of harassment of supporters of the two leaders, orchestrated by law enforcement officers.
Wine has termed the Government’s action as “cowardly”, maintaining that Museveni’s swearing-in for the sixth time as President is “illegal”.
Besigye on the other hand wondered why the Government would deploy police to his house, yet he was out of the country.
“The coward is aware that he is [an] illegitimate [president], and that is why he is very scared of the people,” Bobi Wine said on the micro-blogging site.
Uganda’s National Army Deputy Spokesperson, Deo Akiiki, defended the police deployment, saying the move was meant to avert possible chaos.
“With credible evidence from intelligence, we shall not hesitate to arrest more of these schemers as and when we detect,” said Akiiki in a televised address.
Media reports in Uganda indicate that at least 4,000 people, including 11 Heads of State, have been invited to Museveni’s swearing-in, which will be held at the Kololo Grounds in the capital Kampala.
According to reports, Museveni’s inauguration has been marred by an increased security presence especially in urban areas and their environs.
Museveni got 5.85 million votes (58.64 per cent) of the total votes cast in the January 14, 2021 presidential election, while his closest challenger, Bobi Wine, amassed 3.48 million votes (34.83 per cent).
Wine claimed the results were doctored to place Museveni as the winner.
Museveni came into power in 1986 after overthrowing General Tito Okello, whose regime lasted for only 181 days.
Since then, he has won all presidential elections in Uganda.