Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine has urged Ugandans to ignore messages on social media threatening instability.

In a brief off-the-cuff remarks to Parliament on Thursday, 12 July 2018, Tumwine said such threats amount to nothing.

“Threatening of the public is not good; Ugandans are safe, the security of the country is in the hands of the agencies that are assigned by the Constitution,” he said.

Gen Tumwine was expected to make a formal statement on the state of security in the country, together with his Defense and Internal Affairs counterparts Adolf Mwesige and Gen Jeje Odongo.

The ministers were asked to offer an explanation on the state of national security following concerns raised by legislators about social media messages announcing an attack on Uganda.

“The statement by the Ministers is an item on the Order Paper. It’s not meant to be a casual statement or an afterthought,” said Ssemujju in a point of order.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga concurred with Ssemujju’s submission.

“We really wanted a comprehensive statement from you, a written statement circulated to Members,” said Kadaga, instructing Gen Tumwine to appear with the agreed joint statement.

Source: Parliament of Uganda