By Richard Olwenyi
February 18, 2016, The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) have today morning held a Prayer Service right in front of their Ministry of Defense headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala to pray for incumbent President Museveni’s ‘peaceful victory’ in the tomorrow-scheduled General elections.
The Investigator can authoritatively report that though its obliged not to participate in partisan politics, UPDF defied, made a U-turn and campaigned for their Commander in Chief, President Museveni, asking God to retain him in power after February 18 , when Uganda go to polls to elect another leader.
The Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. Katumba Wamala said during the service: “Vote wisely, don’t just waste our vote, there was a time when people around such campaign period would ask, ‘Okateriire nkahe,’ a Runyankole dialect meaning “where did you put your vote”.
“I assure you Uganda is going to continue with same leadership and no one should scare you, just pray for our man,” said the CDF. Gen. Katumba Wamala officiated in the prayer service that did not have any communally known Pastor or Priest but was led by fellow men in uniform. He said the country is not going to experience any political change neither is there going to be post-election violence.
The opposition politicians under their campaign of defiance have in the previous months been mobilizing their supporters to be vigilant and resist any form of intimidation from security agencies as they protect their vote to uproot President Museveni from power. Something the army commander cannot believe it can happen in Uganda.
The prayer service was also attended by the Internal Affairs Minister Rose Akol who, said police had already deployed in major government installations and public places in response to the rumored violence. “My brothers and sister, there is no need to be worried, we have deployed heavily and you can count on us for your security,” she said.
By the time she made the statement, there was no excuse for deployment, a few uniformed men were visible on the streets of Kampala but waited at barracks just waiting for the slightest excuse to execute the mission.
When Presidential Candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye supporters protested the blocking of their candidate to access campaign stations, the security men poured on the streets to crash the rioters, leaving one supporter dead and dozens injured. The prayer service was attended by the UPDF family composed of serving UPDF officers, their spouses, children, orphans and widows of the fallen soldiers.