Government Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo

Government Spokesman Ofwono Opondo has today denied that families of prominent Ugandans including politicians are fleeing the country before the polls on Feb 18, fearing an eruption of chaos.

Social media has been abuzz with the claims that senior government officials are ferrying their families for fear of post election violence, with one Facebook post indicating that President Yoweri Museveni had ordered all his close relatives to leave the country.

But speaking on Capital Gang today Mr Opondo refuted the assertions, saying the insinuations are ‘social media cynicisms’ that can easily be put off.

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“No one has left, I doubt these government officials have the means to fly their families out, they don’t,” he was quoted as saying. He also asked the media to ‘cross check with the relevant offices to see who and how many have left.’

There are fears the polls may turn violent after leading contenders, incumbent Yoweri Museveni of the National resistance Movement (NRM) and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer accused each other of planning to rig.

As a result, the army has said it will assist the police keep tranquility, while the latter has recruited over 30,000 men and women called crime preventers in a bid to maintain peace.

Meanwhile, the FDC has also reportedly mobilised a group dubbed P10 ostensibly to ‘secure the vote’.