Campaigns Not License To Break The Law— Rugunda

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has warned presidential candidates that the ongoing campaigns does not license them to break laws.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda addressing the press today at Uganda Media Center
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda addressing the press today at Uganda Media Center

In a press statement, Rugunda noted that government has received information about some small group of the radical opposition that are talking and planning violent actions during and after the election.

“Government has established that some of these groups, under the guise of training agents to protect their votes, are raising semi-militia groups under different code names like Power 10 (P10), Pentagon, Youth Brigade and Ki-face, among others,” he said, adding “Election campaigns are not a license to break the law.”

Rugunda also said Besigye’s defiance campaign is unacceptable and illegal.

“There is also persistent talk of “defiance” mainly at campaign rallies by some candidates. Such candidates have been stating publicly that they will not respect any of the laws or guidelines as issued from time to time by either the Independent Electoral Commission or other responsible Government agencies.”

He appealed to youth, not to be tempted into joining such groups seeking to break the law.

Rugunda warned that those who dare to join will face the full force of the law.

Rugunda assured international community that National Resistance Movement (NRM) government has put in “sufficient measures to ensure that the forth-coming elections are held under tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.”

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