KAMPALA — Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has warned dissidents against causing trouble in the country ahead of the upcoming General Election amid increasing cases of police brutality.
Speaking on Friday, December 8, Mr. Ochola warned that anyone who will try to cause chaos will be dealt with accordingly.
“I would like to assure the whole country that whoever causes trouble will regret why his or her mother gave birth to him or her,” the senior official was quoted by NTV Uganda
The IGP dismissed claims by some Opposition members in Uganda led by Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine that long serving President Yoweri Museveni had plans to rig the Thursday, January 14, election.
“There are political leaders who are urging their supporters to go in large numbers and monitor the elections on false claims of election fraud which is against the Electoral Commission guidelines. There is no evidence of voter fraud,” he maintained.
Commissioner of Prisons Johnson Byabashaija insisted the country had a space that could accommodate over 30,000 prisoners as he gave his assurance to the IGP.
Museveni’s biggest contender, Bobi Wine, has been on the receiving end of intimidation as authorities try to water down his campaigns as he seeks to oust the NRM leader who is seeking a sixth term in office.
The 38-year-old said the latest targets were his children — forcing him to move them to safety out of the country.
Meanwhile, Bobi Wine asked ICC to probe murder, torture and other abuses in the country, which is bracing for a tense presidential election next week.
The ICC has the authority to hear cases of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity committed in the 123 countries, including Uganda.
Bobi Wine’s lawyer for the case, Bruce Afran, says there is little international precedent for the case because the complainants hope to use ten samples of alleged offences stretching over a decade to prove “systemic” violations of international law based on a “history of torture and physical abuse” by the State.