Lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi has written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola seeking to be provided with security throughout his fundraising drive, in the 50 Municipalities and town councils of Uganda
The lawyer says he is trying to raise money for the costs of the application he recently filed before the east African Court of Justice, in which he challenges the decisions by the top Ugandan courts, which upheld the controversial Presidential Age Limit amendments.
In the letter dated 6th May 2019, Mabirizi reminded the IGP of Police’s constitutional mandate and duties, which he says is the basis for his quest for police protection.
“As you know, Article 212 (a) of the constitution prescribes Police’s function of protecting life and property including mine. Article 29 (1) (e) guarantees my freedom to associate with others including those who are willing to contribute,” he wrote.
“Please comply with Article 43 (2) (a) and c which provide that public interest shall not permit political persecution and any other limitation of enjoyment of rights and freedom beyond what is acceptable and demonstrably justifiable in a free and democratic society,” he added.
Mabirizi promised to provide Police with dates and venues in the areas he intends to hold the fundraising prior to the event and promised that they will be ending by 6pm.
“I am hopeful that the assurance will come soon so that I start earlier given the tight schedule of the East African Court of Justice”
Mabirizi’s letter is copied to the Deputy Prime Minster, as well the ministers of East African Community Minister of Internal affairs, Attorney General and the Deputy IGP.