Government attacks against People Power pressure group led by Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has boiled to an all time high, with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government now trading conspiracy theories that the popular group especially among the youth and pro-change Ugandans connections with global terrorist groups.
Government’s position was revealed by Minister of Security, General Elly Tumwine, who claimed without tabling any evidence that like all red movements across the world, People Power is trading in terrorism activities and all efforts are being made to make sure the Movement doesn’t take that route.
Tumwine made the remarks this morning while appearing on NBS Television to discuss the topic, Uganda Week 2019: Celebrating the Pearl of Africa.
“There is a threat to the world called the Red Movement managed by some few individuals who want to break the stability of the established order of things. It’s associated with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender (LGBT), Crypto Currency. In Uganda, you see it and they’re taking advantage of the very many young people. Because this group is vulnerable, they become an easy target,” the Minister said.
When asked by the host Simon Kaggwa Njala if People Power is associated with this terror movement, Tumwine answered in affirmative.
“Yes. All the red organisations you see in the world are connected. We’re trying to convince the People Power group not to take that direction,” he said.
Tumwine’s remarks on crypto currencies now raises questions on the real reason why Finance Minister Matia Kasaija on Monday morning warned Ugandans against investing in cryptocurrencies, saying the government does not recognize them as a legal tender.
A Cryptocurrency is a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank of any country. This implies that anonymous people are in control of the system handling this digital currency.
Currently, there are tens of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum, Ripple (XRP), and Bitcoin Cash and in Uganda, social media users have been bombarded with posts calling on Ugandans to invest in cryptocurrencies as a means of making their savings grow.
Kasaija said that government will not be held responsible in case anyone loses money to organisations selling cryptocurrencies because they are a fraud and no Ugandan should spend their money because these form of currencies are not backed by any assets makes it a high-risk venture.
Speaking about the event, Gen Tumwine warned Ugandans against speaking carelessly about Ugandans, arguing that when trying to talk about generals, Ugandans should know the kind of ground they are trading on and ensure they look for the positive side of the generals.
“I’m glad people are getting to know more about the Golden Jubilee Monument at Kololo that represents our “Journey”. This monument was a well thought out idea of the Ugandan journey. The representation of the monument is that every person has a role to play in the development of the country,” he said.