Crime & Investigation

Police Ban Lukwago’s Rallies

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“The public is therefore strongly warned not to engage in illegal rallies and any one conducting or involved in these rallies will be dealt with according to the laws,” the law enforcement body cautioned.


Warning

Police had on Thursday sternly warned three opposition politicians against speeches that arouse ethnic hatred and also incite violence during political rallies.


Deputy Inspector General of Police, Andrew Kaweesi on Wednesday wrote to MPs Mathias Mpuuga, Moses Kasibante and Betty Nambooze Bakireke, accusing the trio of rabble-rousing speeches aimed at encouraging people to take arms against government.


The letter followed a heated rally, organized by Mayor Erias Lukwago, in which the politicians urged residents of Munaku, Kasubi, Wakiso District, to “prepare for an imminent political storm.”


According to Kaweesi, Kasibante “instructed the residents that when time comes, they should use whatever means available and affordable to fight for their land and Kampala City which is about to be grabbed by non-Baganda.”


Mpuuga is reported to have urged residents to “rise up against the Government citing that the capacity of the police officers in respect of numbers cannot manage as one policeman cannot arrest two people at ago.”


In his letter dated June 12, which Chimpreports published on Wednesday, Kaweesi cautioned Lukwago and the MPs: “This insinuates that two people can attack a police officer at a time and the state will be over powered. He went ahead to urge the residents to repeat or do worse than what they did during Kayunga riots.”


The “Kayunga riots” broke out in 2009 following a bitter struggle between the Central government and Buganda Kingdom over Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s planned visit to Kayunga, a secessionist district.


While government maintained that its decision was informed by security threats against the Kabaka, the Kingdom perceived the move as aimed at undermining Mutebi’s authority and encouraging internal secessionist agendas thus weakening Buganda.


Thousands of youth subsequently poured on the streets of Kampala and other towns in the central region, leaving a trail of unprecedented destruction.


Security forces killed at least 11 people during the violence that brought business in the region to a standstill.


According to Kaweesi, the politicians are exploiting platforms offered by Lukwago to fan tribal sentiments thereby laying grounds for internal strife.


Nambooze is said to have told the gathering at Munaku that they should prepare for the “tough times.”


“She urged them that those spending Shs5,000 for a meal should reduce it to Shs1500 and their children who are not of school going age should be taken to the villages. She further told them that shops should operate for extra hours to compensate for times that will be lost, and that they should stock food like maize flour that is long lasting,” said Kaweesi, quoting intelligence reports.


He warned: “In view of the above extracts from speeches, of your guests, the Police find it imperative to bring to your attention these issues because you were the chief Organizer of the rally and to further caution you about such inciting and hate driven speeches perpetuated by your guest speakers and aimed at promoting sectarianism.”


Kaweesi added: “The Police shall not have any option but indefinitely stop your rallies if this trend does not stop forthwith.”

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