Age limit: Police to discipline officers who manhandled Lukwago

Police arrest Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago as he prepared to head to the city centre. Courtesy photo.

KAMPALA–Police are to take disciplinary action against its officers who manhandled the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

Lukwago was yesterday arrested like a chicken thief from his Wakaliga residential home in the morning hours as he prepared to meet his councillors to march to the Constitutional Square.

The group was protesting the move by NRM legislator Raphael Magyezi to bring a motion to amend Article 102(b) of the Constitution to lift the presidential age limit.

At the Police press conference held this morning, Vincent Sekatte, the deputy Police spokesperson, condemned the way Lukwago was mishandled and promised to investigate the matter.

Police spent the entire day engaging in running battles with Makerere University students, politicians and city dwellers who were protesting the removal of the presidential age limit.

DP president Nobert Mao was among several opposition figures arrested while former FDC Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye was confined at his home in Kasangati.

Parliament also witnessed chaotic scenes after opposition legislators made it difficult for the deputy Speaker Jacob Oulayah to conduct business. He adjourned the House to next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the western world particularly the European Union and US government are condemning the manner in which NRM government is violating people’s rights to freedom of expression. This followed the siege on Action Aid International – Uganda offices in Kansanga and Great Lakes institute for Strategic Studies (GLiSS) on Martyrs Road, Ntinda, Kampala yesterday.

Both office premises were cordoned off and a search by police officers and detectives was launched. Sekatte said they got information, indicating how the NGos got money to fund illegal activities in the city.




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