Police turns down women activists

IGP Okoth Ochola stops the intended One Million Women’s March demonstration. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA– Police have stopped the planned One Million Women’s March Uganda against the kidnaps and murders of women and children which was scheduled for June 30.

The Police Chief, Mr Okoth Ochola, in statement issued Tuesday June 26, told protestors that “the intended demonstration to raise awareness, repress displeasure about the recent spate of killings and kidnaps of women and girls cannot be allowed to go on as scheduled.”

The planned march, organised by the Women’s protest working group was in reaction to the kidnaps and murders that have dogged the country in the past months.

In a statement, Police said the reasons raised for the demonstration have all been adequately addressed publicly.

“On June 11th 2018, the Minsters of Internal Affairs, Security, Defence and Veteran Affairs plus the security chiefs addressed the country.

These were given live coverage on TV and later print media regarding security. The issues raised took centre stage and were adequately addressed,” Police informed the protestors.

“On Wednesday 20th, H.E the President of the republic of Uganda addressed Parliament on the security of the country (the issue of intended demonstration inclusive). He elaborately gave the strategies for sustainable security, and for both for the shot (sic) and long run,” the statement read.

On June 16, Brig. Muzeeyi Sabiiti, the Deputy Inspector General of Police hosted a group of women activists under their umbrella body, (WPG) at the Uganda Police Force headquarters in Naguru, Kampala and reached truce over city kidnaps and women murders.

Group of women activists led by Stella Nyanzi was hosted by Brig. Muzeeyi Sabiiti, the Deputy IGP at Naguru Police headquarters on June 16. (PHOTO: PPU)

Police in a meeting agreed to work with women activists to investigate all the cases of kidnaps and murders that marred the country in the recent past.

“We agreed to among others, work together in a more robust and focused way in order to defend and protect women and children against murders and kidnaps”, the Police affirmed.











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