President Yoweri Museveni’s rally in the newly-created Kassanda district on Friday was momentarily interrupted by chaos and panic following a false alarm by a group of women.
Museveni had visited the district to deliver a financial literacy talk to youth groups as they celebrated the first district’s Youth Day on Friday afternoon at Kikandwa UMEA playground. A section of women at the rally reportedly saw something that they thought was a snake, slithering towards them and set off an alarm that triggered a scuffle in the audience.
Some ran towards the president’s direction while others were looking for the nearest exit from the playground and a few others remained put, probably waiting for action from the Special Forces Command (SFC) – an elite unit of the army that is in charge of the president’s security.
The panic was augmented even further when one of the president’s guards cocked his pistol, driving some of the residents further away from the playground. One person was injured in the scuffle.
The president stood emotionless as he’d done recently at parliament when one of his guard’s gun went off accidentally, observing the stampede. After calm was restored, Museveni wondered why his “bazzukulu” [grand children] could fear such small things and cause a stampede.
“Now you see how you caused an unnecessary stampede just because of a little lizard. How can you run away from a mere lizard.” Museveni said in Luganda.
The president ordered the officers to take the injured woman to his ambulance where she briefly received first aid before she was driven away.
This is the second time that such incident of a suspected snake invading Museveni’s rally has been reported within the last two months.
In October this year, while addressing a public rally in Kirangira village, Mukono district, a snake slithered it’s way into the president’s tent sending ministers and officials scampering for dear life. SFC guards trampled on the snake with their heavy boots, killing it instantly. According to a report in Daily Monitor , Museveni was heard asking in Swahili, “What is it?” as he moved his feet away.
In Kassanda, after the mini stampede, Museveni continued his lecture on development and financial literacy as soon as order was restored.
He advised the youth to have financial discipline, avoiding wasting money on lavish weddings and alcoholism. He donated Shs 260 million to 13 youth groups (Shs 20 million each) in the area.
Museveni told them that with peace allover the country, the youth can now invest in income generating avenues such as restaurants, saloons, boda bodas among others.
Written by URN