Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola and the Minister for Internal Affairs Gen.Jeje Odongo, have cautioned of a “disastrous” ending for some politicians especially those who lost in the recently concluded presidential polls for wafting violence.
In a presser on Wednesday, the two government officials hailed the successful 2021 elections that they said were peaceful.
“Prior to elections there were fears by the population about the safety of the elections but we assured you they would be successful. Today it is almost two weeks since we held the elections and you will agree with me we had very peaceful elections save for isolated minor criminal acts. I thank Ugandans for heeding to our appeal to keep peace. I thank security agencies for maintaining the peace. It is our cardinal constitutional duty to do so but doesn’t harm to say thank you for doing your job well,” said Jeje Odongo.
John Martins Okoth Ochola, the Inspector-General of Police, observed that it was humbling to see Ugandans cast votes peacefully in what he named as the most nonviolent election that the country has ever had.
“By all measures, the 2021 general election in Uganda will go down in history as one of the most successful and peaceful elections. Despite the anticipated threats of Plan B threats of violence by radicalized groups promoting hate speech and rhetoric, Ugandans were pleased with our security posture across the country and turned out in record numbers to cast their votes,” held Okoth Ochola the Inspector-General of Police.
According to National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi who was second with f 3,475,298 votes representing 34.83% of the total votes recently protested the election results claiming that the process was disfigured with anomalies.
“Gen Museveni should have left that office by yesterday but because he is trying to hoodwink Ugandans, he is there. A year is too long for him to be ousted as I speak and tomorrow is too far. I charge you MPs to continue with the move that you are on, “said Hon. Kyagulanyi on Tuesday when he met the 61 NUP MPs-elect.
Talking to presses on Wednesday and not referring to any name, the IGP Okoth Ochola held that some of the presidential candidates in the recently concluded elections are disgruntled and so spreading thoughtless statements but asked that they seek redress from courts of law.
“We are aware of alarming assertions by disgruntled former presidential candidates, that the election was marred with fraud and irregularities. They are spreading false information and disinformation to try to influence public perception and promote hatred,”
“From a security point of view, such unfounded claims have a potential of fanning violence in our communities. We do strongly discourage such acts and do advise the candidates to seek redress before the courts of law.”
On that basis, State Minister for Internal Affairs described the statements as being devastating and asked perpetrators to abstain from the same.
“I want to encourage those isolated few elements that may have any ulterior motives that they should not attempt to disturb our peace because such an attempt may be disastrous for them. We must now focus our attention away from elections to the tasks and jobs at hand to build and develop our country,” Odongo said.