Police foil age limit consultation meeting in Katwe

Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi said police had been notified about the meeting. File photo.

KAMPALA–Police have blocked a closed door meeting convened by the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights to discuss the Presidential age limit bill.

The meeting which was to be convened at Muganzirwazza Complex Building was going to be attended by the legislators and other stakeholders.

MP Muwanga Kivumbi, who is also the chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, said he wrote to the Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura notifying him about the planned meeting.

“I was shocked to find the area cordoned off by security personnel who were barring participants from entering the premises,” Kivumbi said.

Kivumbi said in order to save people’s property from being vandalized, he decided to called off the consultative meeting.

Defending its action, the police said the organisers of the meeting never notified them.
This is not the first time police are blocking opposition meetings. In Rubaga, Makindye, Rukungiri and Kasese districts, the Police recently dispersed crowds that had gathered to listen to their MPs on issues related to amending Article 102(b) of the Constitution.

NRM’s CEC organ endorsed lifting the age limit and is pushing the ruling party’s legislators to push the move.

CEC members, however, said those opposing should be given space to air their views.

However, former presidential candidate Dr Abedi Bwanika is pushing for a referendum on the contentious issue. The Electoral Commission okayed him last week to solicit for signatures.




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