Security tightened at Entebbe VIP Lounge amid fears of opposition protests

FDC vice president Salamu Musumba is wanted by police over inciting the public. File photo.

KAMPALA–Security at Entebbe Airport has been beefed up amid fears that Uganda’s Opposition parties are planning to organise demonstrations across the country, protesting the move by NRM legislators to lift the Presidential age limit.

The tight security, especially at the VIP lounge, follows unconfirmed reports that some opposition MPs with VIP passports are planning to assemble and threaten government officials and diplomats.

Sources at Entebbe Airport intimated to PML Daily that opposition is targeting diplomats and government officials believed to be supporting the contentious bill.

Among the victims thoroughly checked when he tried to access the VIP lounge was Joseph Balikuddembe, the former Busiro South legislator who was with his family heading to Europe.

“The plain clothes security operatives could not allow me enjoy myself at the VIP lounge. They told me that my fellow colleagues in the Opposition are planning to mayhem here,” he said.

Kaddunabbi Lubega, the former Butambala County MP and now the Chief Executive Officer of Insurance Regulatory Authority, also said he was subjected to similar treatment.

“When I saw them mishandling him, I intervened in and told them Kaddunabbi heads a reputable institution and deserves to be treated well,” Balikuddembe adds.

Efforts to get a comment from CAA were futile and immigration officers at the Airport were not ready to talk to the press.

Meanwhile, FDC vice president Salaamu Musumba was on Wednesday summoned by the police over allegations that she incited members of the public.

It is alleged that Musumba called upon Ugandans to go to war to fight lifting the Presidential age limit.
But FDC said Musumba was not available by the time the summon was issued but she will appear at CID headquarters on Monday next week.



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