By Yosam Gucwaki
Security operatives in Masindi district yesterday blocked the former Leader of Opposition and Kasese district woman member of parliament Winnie Kiiza, from addressing women leaders who had been drawn from the two Sub Counties of Budongo and Kimengo.
The meeting which was organized by Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) was stopped by the Resident District Commissioner Masindi, Godfrey Nyakahuma and the OC operations Sirusa Besimbire at around 10:30 am on Wednesday. The meeting had been organized at education hall in Masindi town.
The RDC termed this as an illegal assembly which he would not allow.
At least 40 participants including women councilors from the two sub counties of Kimengo and Budongo and the district female councilors had arrived for the event.
Maureen Kyomuhendo the field officer FOWODE Masindi branch noted that the objective of the meeting was to build the women’s capacity and to equip them with knowledge on how they can develop themselves.
She stressed that the training was not political at all.
Kyomuhendo says they wrote to the RDC in time and copied to the District Internal Security Officer and District Police Commander notifying them of the activity.
The NGO signed a memorandum of understanding with Masindi district local government seven years back, and according to Kyomuhendo, they have been operating peacefully until now.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting was stopped, MP Kiiza noted that she had not come to Masindi for political reasons but on invitation to train women on how they can move forward.
Afusa Karungi, the secretary for community services Masindi district local government said as women they were disappointed by the RDC’s act and that in the next council meeting they will present the matter before the councilors.
The women who had turned up for training also solicited signatures to petition parliament over the RDC’s act.