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Police Reacts On Lukwago’s Actions

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“Any individual or groups who do not respect the law and plans to cause disorder in the city will be dealt with as the law provides,” said Nabakooba.


She advised the public to be on full alert for groups of people who move with intentions of causing bleach of peace or aiming at causing chaos in the city.


“Such people should be arrested on sight or reported to any nearest police station for decisive action,” she added.


Below is the statement

For over a week now, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has been mobilizing people through the mass media and meetings to turn up in large numbers to accompany him to the tribunal on Acacia Avenue on 20/6/2013.


Basing on that mobilization, the Police has been on alert and deployed around his residence to guide people through the routes they were to use. Many people started gathering at Lukwago’s residence among whom were Members of Parliament.


At around 9:30am the tribunal summoned the Commander Kampala Metro politan, Andrew Kaweesi to appear before the tribunal to substantiate claims that Lukwago had been put under house arrest, a fact that was not true and indeed fabricated. The Commander explained the Police’s presence as being purely to ensure law and order especially policing the people who had gathered at the Lord Mayor’s home and to move with the Lord Mayor to the tribunal.


At 10am the Lord Mayor moved out of his home and the DPC Old Kampala approached him and enquired from him which route he was planning to use so that they provide security for him.


He informed the DPC that he was going to use any convenient route that will lead him to the tribunal. Indeed the Police escorted him and along the way the Lord Mayor changed from his official car to Hon. Kasibante’s car roof top vehicle which he used to move outside and started waving and calling people to join him in the procession, which was perhaps not necessary.


When the convoy reached Mengo Bulange, the crowd started attacking Police, pelting them with stones. The Police requested the Lord Mayor to move to his official car, to enable Police drive him out of the situation. He refused and the crowd continued attacking Police. The Police dispersed the crowd and removed him from Kasibante’s car and put him in Police car.


The Police drove him to Kololo, where he was supposed to appear before the tribunal. He was received by Commander KMP, Andrew Kaweesi and Hon. Ken Lukyamuzi. He was taken straight to the room where the tribunal was. On reaching the room he requested that he was not feeling well and needed treatment. Permission was granted and he went to Case Clinic.


Basing on earlier conduct, Police realized that the Lord Mayor’s intention was not to go to the hospital but rather to go back to Kisekka Market. The Commander KMP and Hon. Ken Lukyamuzi accompanied him to Case Clinic where he has been given a bed rest.


In a related incident Dr. Kiiza Besigye whose intensions were not yet known was intercepted as he tried to enter Kisekka market where groups of youth were forming up to riot.


Through intelligence Police had to intercept his vehicle and informed him not to enter the market. He refused, in the process of requesting him not go into the market where many people had gathered. When he came out of his vehicle and he started addressing them, the Police had no option but to conduct preventive arrest on him and detained him at CPS and later relocated him to Kiira Division where he was given bond in the evening.


We have arrested 14 suspects who participated in this unlawful assembly; among those arrested are Kato Fred, Mugumya Sam, Senabulya Sunday, Amanyire Patrick, Mujuzi Swaibu, Sebuliba Jackson, Kawuma Abubakar, Aliganyira Syliverster, Musisi Joseph, Kasawuli Musa, Sekamate Ivan, Ndiwalana Sulaiman and Isingoma Ali. They are currently detained at CPS Kampala.


One person identified as Steven Kyalo was seriously injured and he is admitted at Mulago hospital. Others injured were Kafeero Joseph who sustained injuries on the leg after being hit by a trailer Reg. No. UAH 893Y and Kuyaga Dabi Kiggundu a crime preventer sustained injuries on the head with a stone.


The Police has maintained law and order to ensure that the normal business is not disrupted and we would like to re-assure the public the city will remain calm without any disruption.


Any individual or groups who do not respect the law and plans to cause disorder in the city will be dealt with as the law provides.

We want to caution the public not be lured into these illegal activities and to shun politicians who are using them for their selfish interests.


Police therefore advises the public to be on full alert for groups of people who move with intentions of causing bleach of peace or aiming at causing chaos in the city. Such people should be arrested on sight or reported to any nearest police station for decisive action.


We thank members of the public for their continued support and reaffirm our commitment to discharge our duties as mandated by the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.


Judith Nabakooba
Police Spokesperson

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