BY FRED KIVA
Police insists they will, again, deploy at Parliament ahead of Tuesday’s tabling of a motion seeking leave of Parliament in preparation of bill to amend the Constitution to lift presidential age limits.
Addressing a press conference at Naguru Police Headquarters Monday, Police Spokesperson Asan Kasingye said Police has learnt of the ongoing mobilization, including on social media that members of the public should come to Parliament. Kasingye says this could result into disorder at Parliament and Police cannot just look on.
“Even now, people are mobilizing on social media and they are saying they will overwhelm the police,” Kasingye says, emphasizing that “We shall continue to deploy for as long as there are threats to Ugandans’ lives and property because it is our mandate”.
He says the police will also deploy in other strategic areas in the city.
Last Thursday Members of Parliament criticized the Police deployment, saying the August House had been put under siege. The Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza told the Parliamentary session then that Members were not at ease to debate, given the heightened security.
The Police deployment was prompted by threats by the opposition to mobilize masses to demonstrate against the day’s anticipated presentation of the motion to amend Article 102(b) of the Constitution, which puts presidential age limits as 75years (upper) and 35years (lower).
Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah however deferred the matter to tomorrow (Tuesday), saying the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga was yet to internalize the motion. On the same day, Oulanyah told parliament that the deployment was necessary to ensure law and order.
Kasingye also briefed the media on last Thursday events in Kampala, revealing that 13 suspects were arrested in connection with inciting violence and taking part in unlawful assemblies.
He reveals that nine of suspects have since been released, while four are still in detention.
Those still under police custody include Julius Ssemwanga, Joab Agaba, Edris Mutebi and Abel Muwanguzi.