By Fred Kiva
The police have guaranteed former FDC President Maj. Gen Mugisha Muntu of security during the launch of his political party, the Alliance for National Transformation.
Following formal registration by the Electoral Commission last month, Gen Muntu announced recently that the new political party will be launched on May 22. Unlike it has been with his former party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) whose meetings Police have often dispersed over lack of notification and clearance, this time around the law enforcement agency says the Alliance for National Transformation officials have notified them of the scheduled launch and will provide security that day.
“This is to inform the public that the territorial Police at Kampala Metropolitan Headquarters is working with the organizers from the Alliance for National Transformation, who formally notified it of their plans to hold a promoter’s meeting on Tuesday 21st, May 2019 at Nsambya and thereafter launched the Alliance for National Transformation, as a political party on Wednesday 22nd May, 2019, at the Serena International Conference Centre,” said Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga during the weekly police press briefing held at Naguru police headquarters on Monday.
Enanga added that “The two parties held consultations in advance, on how best to effectively manage the two events.” He praised Gen Muntu for his mature and peaceful engagement with the police. “We want to welcome and assure the intending participants that their safety at both events is guaranteed. We would also like to praise the efforts of the organizers for their peaceful engagement towards addressing their outstanding political issues in a sincere, mature and sustained manner,” Enanga said, asking other political actors to always peacefully engage with the police.
Members of the opposition have often accused the police of violating their right to the assembly by blocking and dispersing their meetings. The Public Order Management Act 2013 provides for the regulation of public meetings; provides for the duties and responsibilities of the police, organizers, and participants in relation to public meetings. Gen Mugisha Muntu quit FDC to embark on the process leading to formation of his own political party in September last year. This was after he had lost the party’s presidency to Patrick Amuriat. Muntu is not a believer in defiance, an ideology cherished by his former party, the FDC and it’s no surprise that he is engaging well with the police ahead of his party launch.