President Museveni who is the National Chairman of NRM party has appealed for calm following the recent national wide party Primaries that saw violence and intimidations in some areas.
“I appeal to you Ugandans to be calm, write your complaints and points, we shall act on them,” he said.
Speaking shortly after flagging off the motorcycles, President Museveni warned all those that were involved in violence and intimidation of voters that the long arm of the law will catch up with them and assured the people that this will not happen again.
The ones who are threatening people with violence will go to jail, he emphasised.
“I want to assure everybody that what happened the other day will never happen again. After regaining control in 1986, we started on long journey of combatting rigging by combining electoral constituencies with the existing administrative units e.g counties, sub-counties in addition to getting rid of enclosed polling booths and instead put ballot boxes in the open.”
“We also removed the multiple ballot boxes and ballot papers and introduced a single ballot box and the single ballot paper which got rid of the practice of destroying the ballot paper of the opponent by pouring acid in the box or switching labels on the boxes, he continued.
The President also warned the police and GISOs to stop the problem of violence, threats, intimidation and bribes.
The only way to close this gap, the President says, is to introduce the digital verification of the voters using their biometric-data so that the voter only register once and if he or she tries to register a second time, the central memory of the system will detect it and block it.
“Those who beat people like in Bukono, and Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana who pulled a gun on a rivals supporter are already in jail and those on run will be arrested and face the law. They will be fully accountable with robust charges of assault, attempted murder, murder etc.”