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Stop Undermining Us – Police Warns Opposition Politicians On Public Assemblies

On Monday, Uganda Police Force has come out and issued warning to political actors especially opposition politicians to stop undermining lawful orders.

According to police, the said politicians have continuously defied the public management order act and gone ahead to stage unlawful assemblies which are contrary to the law.

Addressing the press at the Central Police Station in Kampala, Mr Fred Enanga the police spokesman said that opposition especially FDC have repeatedly violated the law.

He said that the party assemblies always involve massive disruption of other people’s rights and freedoms so therefore the security agency shall not hesitate to clamp down on them.

He pointed out that despite the defiance campaigns being organized under the pretext of freedom of expression; their organizers also have other hidden ill motives to destabilize the security and peace of other Ugandans.

“FDC Undermines police to portray police as brutal which is not true,” Mr Enanga said

He noted the recent incidents where police clashed with FDC political strongman Dr Kiiza Besigye and his supporters in Kabale, Jinja, Tororo and Lira saying that Police was simply protecting the law because he never sought clearance for the assemblies.

The police publicist however reminded politicians that Uganda upholds freedoms of assembly and expression, but clear guidelines have to be followed.

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Enanga re-echoed the guidelines saying that all persons intending to stage gatherings should first inform the inspector general of police 14 days before the assemblies or processions also indicating the venue and number of people expected to attend such events.

Regional and District commanders have been urged to cooperate with the law abiding political actors and issue protection and security to their public gatherings.

In the presser, Mr Enanga also revealed to journalists that as politicians have started to prepare and strategize for 2021 general elections, the law enforcement body as well embarked on taking its officers for refresher courses on how to handle public assemblies as a counter mechanism.

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