Police, Opposition Draw Battle Lines

generic sales geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The opposition activists revealed Friday that they were planning on remobilizing citizens against the June national budget which hiked taxes on basic utilities including piped water, see kerosene, fuel and wheat.

The Group’s chairperson and Masaka Municipality MP, Hon Mathias Mpuuga told reporters at their offices in Kampala that beginning next week on Monday July 22, 2013; on top of other previous activities, they will be engaging in “protest actions of various kinds.”

The protests, which will be run under a Luganda theme “Tetujja Kusasulira Bubbi bwammwe [We shall not bear the brunt of government’s entrenched corruption)” are geared towards rallying Ugandans to reject the proposed taxes and compel their respective legislators to do the same in parliament come next week.

Mpuuga noted that while government depicts the taxes as a good gesture: that Uganda can now support its budget by 80 percent they are hiding a huge gap left by government officials involved in nation rocking corruption scandals.

However, Police publicist Judith Nabakooba told Chimpreports on Sunday that opposition leaders under their umbrella organization 4GC has been secretly mobilizing supporters to engage in acts of terrorism as Mayor Erias Lukwago prepares to move to the KCCA tribunal where he is accused of sabotaging the authority’s projects.

“We have noted with concern the ongoing public mobilization by members of the banned 4GC calling for a procession on Monday 22 July, 2013 to accompany The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to the tribunal where he is expected to appear,” said Nabakooba, adding, “Other leaders have announced demonstrations on the same day in other parts of the country.”

She further noted that Police have also “received intelligence information that, there are opposition leaders mobilizing people in Kissekka, Owino, and Nakasero markets, Kasangati Kalerwe so that they engage in criminal acts including burning vehicles and Police units, and unlawful processions, in the guise of escorting the Lord Mayor to and from the tribunal.”

“However, we have not received any formal communication from the organizers of these demonstrations and processions to plan for their security and traffic management in the routes they are to use. It should be noted that in the recent past, such unlawful processions have degenerated into chaos; leading to riots, loss of life and damage to property,” she added.

The unfolding developments are setting the stage for a potential showdown between opposition activists and security forces on Kampala streets. Such running battles have led to disruption of businesses, traffic and destruction of poverty.


Nabakooba also warned of the “threat of ADF penetration that can use such opportunity to cause terror acts on our unsuspecting public.”

She maintained that “The Police therefore, shall not allow any unlawful processions and assemblies to be held, on the pretext of ‘escorting’ individuals to the tribunal.”

Police warned that while the Tribunal is open to the public, they can move singly to the venue to attend the proceedings.

“For security and convenience of the Tribunal and the public, not all persons who turn up will be allowed into the premises.”

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