June 15, 2015

Police Warns Pro Amama Supporters

Police last night issued a warning to Pro Amama supporters who are planning to stage demonstrations around the country.

Fred Enanga, Police spokes person
Fred Enanga, Police spokes person

“The Police have received information that a group linked to former Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi, intends to stage demonstrations in Kampala, Municipalities, and other major towns in Uganda, tomorrow, Monday, 15th June, 2015,” Fred Enanga said

Police said that they have not been notified of such demonstrations as is required by the Public Order Management Act.  “Therefore, whoever is involved in organizing the demonstrations, or intends to participate in them will be in violation of the law, and will face criminal sanctions in accordance with the law.”

Enanga further said that police is not against anybody expressing their views/opinions/grievances publicly.  He advised Amama Mbabazi supporters to adhere to the requirements under, particularly, the “Public Order Management Act, (especially the 3 days’ notice).”

Full statement

The Police has received information that a group linked to former Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi, intends to stage demonstrations in Kampala, Municipalities, and other major towns in Uganda, tomorrow, Monday, 15th June, 2015.

As we verify this information, this is to alert the general public that the Police has not been notified of such demonstrations as is required by the Public Order Management Act, and should, therefore, not be deceived into participating into them. The demonstrations, if indeed, they are planned, are illegal.

Therefore, whoever is involved in organizing the demonstrations, or intends to participate in them will be in violation of the law, and will face criminal sanctions in accordance with the law.

To avoid confusion, however, we must reiterate that the Police is not against anybody expressing their views/opinions/grievances publicly. But this must be done peacefully and unarmed, and the requirements under, particularly, the Public Order Management Act, (especially the 3 days’ notice) must be adhered to. In this case, Police has no notification of such meetings, and will take all measures to protect public order and public peace.

Commissioner of Police Fred Enanga

Press and Public Relations Officer

Uganda Police

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