The Minister for Presidency Frank Tumwebaze has expressed shock that presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi is determined to defy police on the Mbale consultation meeting, saying no one is above the law.
This followed reports that during the meeting at State House Entebbe on Tuesday, President Museveni gave Mbabazi a green light to proceed with his planned countrywide meetings.
Tumwebaze told ChimpReports the reports were “misleading.”
“The Presidency has noted with concern the misleading reports in form of paid-for announcements sent to various electronic media channels and currently running on air, claiming that President Museveni has cleared Hon Amama Mbabazi’s planned countrywide political tours aimed at popularizing his prospective candidature,” said Tumwebaze.
“This is to clearly state that those reports are false, misleading and intended to interfere with the lawful work of the authorized agencies. The duty to regulate public and political gatherings and assemblies is not and has never been the mandate of the President,” he added.
“It’s the duty of the police and not any other.”
He further pointed out that, “Even the President of Uganda with his Constitutional immunity cannot convene a rally in a market or a busy trading street like Kampala road. He has to be guided by security.”
Tumwebaze added: “That is why before the President visits any place, his security advance team, works in consultation with the police and other security actors on the ground like RDC, to agree on a suitable location that does not compromise the smooth running of other people’s businesses, meaning that the President is also regulated.”
The Minister said the reports were not only “totally false” but also “a concoction of those actors looking desperately for public attention.”
Mbabazi’s lawyers on Wednesday afternoon said he would proceed with the Mbale trip, a move police vowed to block.