Why Police Foiled Opposition Rally In Luweero

page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The rally had supporters and political volunteers to the Democratic Party candidate for the Luweero District Woman Member of Parliament, nurse Brenda Nabukenya, approved who were canvassing votes on the final day at Kasana Town trading centre.

According to Enanga, the supporters and political volunteers defied the electoral rules and regulations and continued campaigning after 6pm until 7.30pm when police in compliance with the provisions of the Public Order Management Act dispersed their unlawful assembly after several warnings.

“A proclamation to disperse was read out to the crowd several times in English and Luganda declaring the assembly as unlawful and for them to disperse.”

“he adds: “Apparently, the majority of the crowd did not respond to the dispersal order and a few began to move closer to the police officers on the advice of their politicians who rallied them against the police.”

Enanga says the gathering constituted a clear and present danger of imminent violence.


“Earlier in the day, the same supporters held a procession along the highway from Wobulenzi to Luweero despite the traffic guidelines that highly inconvenienced other road users travelling within Luweero as well as those in transit.”

According to police, during the commotion along the highway, one of the boda boda riders rammed into a lorry truck and crushed his head to death “that was a very unfortunate incident”.

“This is to inform the public that the police alerted the Registrar Luweero District on the conduct of the candidates’ supporters and political volunteers against promoting political violence by rallying them against the police despite several of its failed attempts to restrain them.”

The police further reiterated its role to maintain public order as well as create a peaceful environment for the public during the political voting, as well as ensure the safety of the electoral officers and materials.

“It confirms that no fatalities, injuries, or arrests were registered in the process of dispersing the crowd. The public is therefore, urged to cooperate with the police and discouraged from participating in violence.”

“All eligible voters are further encouraged to turn out in large numbers and vote for their respective candidate.”

Luweero by-elections are slated for Thursday May 22, 2104.

Stiff competition has already been exhibited between NRM’s Rebecca Nalwanga and DP’s Brenda Nabukenya.

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