The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, has said the army is ready to smash members of the People Power movement who are leading youth into violence.
While receiving several defectors of FDC into NRM party in Kashenshero Town Council, Mitooma District, on Sunday, Otafiire some individuals are disorganizing the country under the guise of People Power.
“I have heard all this noise about People Power, which power do you represent, where are these people?” wondered Otafiire.
“The one we know is the LC 1 Chairperson. People Power is exercised by LCI chairpersons through the ballot box and we will guard this power using the army and air force,” he added.
“Whoever tries to disrupt this power, you are welcome but what will come next don’t regret,” the former NRA war combatant threatened.
Although the minister did not mention names, People Power is a political pressure group led by Kyadondo East MP Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
The singer-turned artiste has since mobilised the urban poor as a base for his quest for the highest office in the land.
Bobi says he will contest for president in the 2021 elections, directly challenging President Museveni’s hold onto power.
The politician’s rallies and music concerts have been blocked by security services, citing security concerns.
Gen Otafiire urged the youth to use peaceful means if they want to cause regime change.
“We started opposing bad governance when we were youth but we were not violent. Yes, you can attempt to remove government through violence. I don’t say it’s not possible but know it’s not easy and be prepared for the consequences,” he further cautioned.
The residents of Mitooma urged Gen. Otafiire to stand in 2021 Ruhinda parliamentary election.
In the 2016 election, Capt (Rtd) Donozio Kahonda defeated Gen Otafiire in MP race. Capt Kahonda polled 26,029 votes (56.9 per cent) while Gen Otafiire got 17,269 votes (37.7 per cent).