The police should stop confronting and intimidating Ugandans who are against lifting the presidential age limit cap that was set at 75 years in line with Article 102 (b) of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda, Democratic Party President Norbert Mao has warned.
According to Mao, the police and army have become hostile to democratic debate involving the lifting of the presidential age limit, in the process acting in contravention of the Constitution.
“The District Police Commander for Kampala Siraje Bakaleke escorted NRM supporters to Parliament; he should protect and escort us other than interfering with our activities,” Mao told reporters at a press conference at DP headquarters today.
Mao’s outburst comes in the wake of police summons issued to ‘NRM rebel MPs’ Winfred Nuwagaba and Barnabas Tinkasimire and, Kampala Central legislator Muhammad Nsereko and his Makindye East counterpart Allan Sewanyana, to report to Kibuli Criminal Investigation Directorate to be interrogated over allegations of offensive communication and in inciting the public.
The summoned MPs are part of a group of legislators leading the campaign against the lifting of the presidential age limit.
In a related development, the chairman of the Inter-religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) Sheikh Shaban Mubajje yesterday implored security agents to desist from siding with one group against the other in the age limit debate, and also appealed to legislators to approach the issue with nationalistic and non-partisan lens.