Army will not tolerate opposition hooligans-Gen Tumwine 

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Security minister Gen Elly Tumwine says the national army has a job to do and will not allow opposition cause chaos in the country.

The house moved a statement on the security situation in the country which MPs refused to debate, demanding for a report on Arua violence.

FDC secretary general Nandala Mafabi told the house that the Committee constituted to go to Gulu over the MP Bobi Wine arrests wanted to present its report, which is ready.

Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah was forced to suspend plenary for 15 minutes to allow for statements on the order of business to be provided to members.

When the house resumed, Gen. Tumwine presented a statement on security situation in the country; saying elections have been held in 23 constituencies since 2016, with only three: Bugiri, Jinja and Rukungiri being violent.

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Tumwine explained the situation in Arua where Bobi Wine, MPs and other persons were arrested and later charged.

He said the situation in Arua was already delicate even before the by-election was conducted following the killing of Col. Ibrahim Abiriga.

“Some players in the Opposition opted to hold illegal processions, involving imported rowdy people who engaged in acts of hooliganism that disrupted campaigns of other candidates in Arua,” Tumwine told plenary.

He said these same rowdy crowds threatened the electorate by words and actions, including physical assaults, destruction of property and rape because of their different political affiliations.

“It is the duty of our security forces to defend the country, its sovereignty, and territorial integrity…the reckless trend has no place in our democracy and cannot be tolerated,” he clarified.

Meanwhile, the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) expressed its dissatisfaction with the army for brutalising civilians who exercise their civil rights.

They spoke two days after a joint operation by police and the army to contain demonstrations in various parts of Kampala, following the arrest of Bobi Wine.

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