Police Warns Besigye On Plans To Disrupt Kampala

Uganda Police has asked Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Kizza Besigye to desist from his plans to drive in a procession around the city today.

ACP Polly Namaye
ACP Polly Namaye

Kizza Besigye, a four time presidential candidate who was incarcerated at his Kasangati home from 18th February presidential election to Friday April 1st will attend prayers at the FDC party Headquarters at Najjanankumbi.

However police has learnt that “after the prayers Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye intends to drive in a procession from Najjanankumbi through Clock Tower to Container Village which is one of the most highly populated areas in Kampala City.”

“The purpose of this statement therefore is to caution RTD. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye to desist from carrying out any procession tomorrow because he has not notified the police in time as required by the Public Order Management Act sec 4 (1) 5(1). Violation of this law calls for sanctions as provided by the Act,” said assistant Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye in a statement issued yesterday.

Namaye asked people to ignore the procession termed as unlawful.

“The public is strongly advised to shun anyone who tries to involve them in any unlawful activity that is likely to disrupt safety and peace within the city and which could result into damage to lives and people’s properties,” the statement reads.

Below is the full statement

PRESS STATEMENT

The Uganda Police Force has learnt that tomorrow 5th April, 2016, RTD. Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye will attend prayers at the FDC party Headquarters at Najanankumbi.  The prayers shall be held within the  enclosed party premises and this therefore does not  violate the law. 

What is of particular security concern however, is information that after the prayers RTD. Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye intends to drive in a procession from Najanankumbi through Clock  Tower to Container Village which is one of the most highly populated areas in Kampala City.

The purpose of this statement therefore is to  caution RTD. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye to desist from carrying out any procession tomorrow because he has not notified the police in time as required by the Public Order Management Act sec 4 (1) 5(1). Violation of this law calls for sanctions as provided by the Act.

The public is strongly advised to shun anyone who tries to involve them in any unlawful activity that is likely to disrupt safety and peace within the city and which could result into damage to lives and people’s properties.

The Uganda Police Force assures all Ugandans and in particular the business community in Kampala that all measures are in place to ensure public order as well as security for persons and properties.

ACP Namaye Polly

Deputy PRO

UPF

4th April, 2016

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