Lukwago arrested as Police tighten security in city centre

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is arrested at his residence. Photo by Raymond Mayanja.

KAMPALA–In the process of containing the anticipated demonstrations today as Parliament prepare to sit, the Police have arrested Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

Lukwago, who had just finished speaking to the press, was arrested from his residential home in Wakaliga, a city suburb.

At around 6am, Police heavily deployed security at his home, blocking him from coming to the city centre.

Lukwago told journalists that government had turned his home into a barracks and was violating his fundamental rights of defending the Constitution.

Lukwago, an opposition figure, joined some other legislators to block the lifting of the age limit by amending Article 102(b) of the Constitution.

He said President Museveni is scared of people power and they shall not allow him to tinker with the Constitution.

“We have the mandate as citizens to defend the Constitution. We must fight this impunity,” Lukwago said.

The issue of amending the Article 102(b) of the Constitution has become a contentious matter, with religious leaders and other stakeholders calling for a referendum.

Police lay siege at Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s home. Photo by Raymond Mayanja.

The NRM legislators who are pushing for amendment said the article is discriminatory.

After the press conference, Lukwago said he was supposed to meet the Leader of Opposition, Winnie Kiiza and also attend the burial ceremony of the late David Ntege, aformer KCCA employee in Buyende district.

But the DPC Old Kampala Police Station, Grace Nyangoma, said they got intelligence report showing that Lukwago and former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye were planning to make a procession in the city centre.



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