Mbabazi Halts Nation-wide Consultative Meetings

Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has suspended his nation-wide consultative meetings and embarked on preparations for the burial of his elder brother Enock Bahemerwabusha, who died yesterday.

Amama Mbabazi addressing journalists at Kololo today. Photo: Elisha Muloki
Amama Mbabazi addressing journalists at Kololo. Photo: Elisha Muloki

“I will be taking time off this weekend to bury my beloved brother and in many ways, my mentor Enock Bahemerwabusha. It saddened me to hear of his demise yesterday evening. His life was well spent in service to country, family and we will miss him dearly,” Mbabazi posted on his Facebook page.

Mbabazi said that funeral arrangement for his brother will be announced by end of today.

He promised to communicate on the new schedule of the consultative meetings. “We hope to have this new schedule up by Monday.”

Mbabazi also denied claims by government officials that he did not seek authorization for Mbale consultative meeting.

“All necessary steps were taken to give adequate notice of the meeting to the area DPC as well as the Local Councils as required in the Public Order Management Act.”

He added; “The act requires anyone who is going to hold a public meeting to give notice of venue, time of meeting, number of participants, etc to the District Police Commander among others. Notice must be received not less that 3 days to the event. Attached herein is the notice we gave police and local councils clearly showing they were stamped and received in time.”

He affirmed that his team does not intend to operate as lawless citizens.

Mbabazi was arrested yesterday as he proceeded to commence consultative meetings in Mbale and was released later in the evening.

Today, he was supposed to head to Kapchorwa.