SEPTEMBER 15, 2009: No More Mercy for Rioters Says Museveni

No More Mercy for Rioters-Museveni

SOURCE: New Vision

By Henry Mukasa

Kampala — SECURITY agencies will have no mercy for rioters again, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

"I want to assure you that the days of mercy for rioters are over," warned Museveni, who is also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces.

"Everyone must be law-abiding. I am also governed by the laws. I cannot do something illegal. I am not above the law."

Museveni made the remarks on Monday after touring Natete Police Station that was burnt by rioters last week.

 Riots broke out in and around Kampala after the Police and army blocked the Katikkiro of Buganda, Eng. John Baptist Walusimbi, from entering Kayunga district.

He was part of an advance team to prepare for the visit of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, who was due to preside over the Buganda Youth Day festivities in Bugerere county.

The Government stopped the visit, saying it could not guarantee the Kabaka's security after the minority group of Banyala opposed his visit.

The officer in charge of the Police station, Reuben Wasiima, said the attackers emerged from a garage opposite the station with fuel in a jerrycan and burnt down the station.

He said crime reports, files and about 27 cars that had been kept at the station were burnt.

"I apologise that the Police could not respond immediately because they had inadequate transport. We are going to make it a policy that the Police force has enough vehicles for rapid response," Museveni promised as Police officers, led by Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, applauded...

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