Harassment of Ugandans opposed to the removal of age limit in the constitution continues.
The latest is that Kampala South Metropolitan police on Friday blocked a consultative meeting organised by MPs under the umbrella of parliamentary forum on human rights and civil society.
The Police officers, commanded by Katwe division police commander, Frantile Lwamusai, cordoned off Muganzirwazza plaza owned by Buganda kingdom and where the meeting had been planned to take place Friday.
Lwamusai said that the meeting was illegal since the organizers had not sought clearance from the office of the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, currently unsettled by the instabilities within the force.
“The procedure is that you have to present a clearance from IGP and we provide you with security,” he said.
Some of the organisers-Butambala Member of Parliament Muwanga Kivumbi and Fida executive director, Ms Irene Ovonji Odida, said they had notified the police as required by public order management act to hold the indoor consultations.
Mr Kivumbi said they wrote to Gen Kale Kayihura and his office acknowledged receipt of their notification letter which they also served Kampala Metropolitan police. “We notified the office of the IGP,” he said. Public management Act requires organisers of political events to notify police for clearance and security purposes.
Ms Odida said they would continue with consultations without police clearance. “We shall go ahead with our consultations. Being a civil society doesn’t mean we should not consult,” she said.