The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] has also joined those condemning the attack on opposition figure Kizza Besigye outside CBS radio offices in Bulange Mengo.
NRM said in a series of tweets that the violence and hooliganism people are seeing in Opposition ranks is the inevitable outcome of “years of belligerent, street-based, populist politics for long conducted by the opposition & encouraged by some elements within its leadership”.
“We condemn the assault on Besigye and call upon police to apprehend those responsible.”
It added: “We ask of our colleague parties & competitors to discourage any forms of violence within their ranks, & embrace fair competition, by encouraging debate & principled engagement.”
The party also dedicated to opposition “The Second Coming”, a poem by William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature.
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre; The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,……!”
The poem was also adapted by deceased Nigerian author Chinua Achebe for his novel “Things Fall Apart” which chronicles the fall of African societies at the hands of marauding colonisers.
Mukono Municipality MP Bakireke Nambooze in a statement said the period between 9:00am and 1:00pm Saturday, saw her go through one of the most stressful moments of her life.
“I only blessed a sigh of relief when my aide put a call through that they had successfully evacuated Dr.Besigye from Bulange.”
She said her worry exceeded the usually boundaries about Besigye’s life.
“Not because I thought that the people who were being mobilised had capacity or even will to kill Besigye but our worry was that Besigye’s true enemy could use that opportunity to eliminate him and the World would be told that “The tribalistic Baganda have killed Besigye at their kingdom seat as they claim the Presidency”.”
She cited the murder of Mahtma Gadhi, the 20th Century’s most famous activist of non-violence and how himself met a violent end.
Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi, who had taken a leading role in spearheading the campaign for independence from Britain, hailed the partition of the sub-continent into the separate independent states of India and Pakistan in August 1947 as ‘the noblest act of the British nation’.
She then said James Mubiiru and his deputy in the mission to attack of Besigye, Sepiria Kabuuka executed and commanded a group of angry and hateful people to harm Besigye.
“The act was reckless and childish and it was meant to embarrass Besigye! But just know that any of those people you have indoctrinated with hate OR Besigye’s true enemies can now hurt Besigye. You lethal message of attacking him at Mengo was ill thought and regrettable!”
“We don’t need to pretend that we don’t know what happened, we all know that this wasn’t a stunt; Besigye can’t mobilise is known haters to carry out a stunt in his favour…The best thing to do is to condemn the perpetuators and get out to preach and demonstrate love among forces of change!”