Museveni: My car was hit with a projectile in Arua
In a new twist of events, President Yoweri Museveni has accused opposition supporters of hitting his official car with a projectile.
Museveni on August 31 wrote a 5-page-letter to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga saying the car that was hit was the one in which he was seated. He suspects that the projectile was fired from a grader that Kassiano Wadri’s supporters used on the final day of the Arua Municipality by-election.
“After passing the grader, I heard two bangs on my vehicle. I was then informed by my ADC that my vehicle had been hit by projectiles thrown by those groups in the opposition procession,” Museveni stated.
According to the Cambridge English dictionary, a projectile is an object that is thrown or fired especially from a weapon.
After the attack, Museveni said, he instructed his convoy to ignore the “hooligans” and continued to the helicopter.
“However, I was concerned about the damage that this very same group would cause in town which was the direction in which they were heading, and I wanted to pass on my concerns to the Regional Police commander of (Arua). Unfortunately, he was not there to see me off so I expressed these same concerns to the Brigade commander of the area and told him to work with other security agencies to protect the people of Arua town and their property,” Museveni said.
He further stated that after his departure, soldiers attached to his guard unit, the Special Forces Command (SFC) went back to assist the police to “disperse the menacing group.”
In a statement Museveni posted on his social media platforms on August 15, Museveni reported that the car which was attacked is not his principle car but one that carries his luggage.
“The stones they threw broke the rear glass window of the car where we transport luggage. That window glass is not armoured. There was no harm on the old man with a hat,” Museveni stated in his August 15 statement.
Two weeks later, this narrative changed as his letter to Kadaga shows that it was the principle car that was attacked.
“The menacing group was so intoxicated that they saw no problem in stoning the vehicle of the President of Uganda, flying the flag of Uganda and the presidential standard,” Museveni wrote.
Museveni also drew Kadaga’s attention to the Jinja Municipality East by-election and the Bugiri Municipality elections, “terrorists” were transported from Kampala to beat, injure and intimidate the voters.
“Even in Rukungiri, there were verbal threats on individuals and damage to property apart from use of sectarianism and other forms of electoral malpractices,” Museveni stated.
Museveni’s letter was in response to an earlier letter by Kadaga, addressed to him in which she demanded for the arrest and prosecution of soldiers who tortured MPs, journalists and other civilians.