Fr. Gaetano Raps State Over Opposition Arrests


Fr. Gaetano in an interview with Chimpreports noted that the National Resistance Movement government under the leadership of President Museveni will never feel happy with any opposition members noting that it is the reason they are using police to harass the opposition.

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“The police brutality on the Kampala Lord Mayor and others is unfortunate and deprives them of their freedom of movement according to the supreme law of the land,” Batenyenda announced.

He observed that the president has never felt better seeing Kampala city under the opposition leadership adding that if it was under NRM leadership, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Act would not have been brought.

“The president and his people sought of what to do to take over Kampala city leadership and he failed until 2010 when they came up with the KCCA Act which is destabilising the city,” Batanyenda said.

Police accused Lukwago and other opposition leaders of falling short of meeting the requirements of the Public Order Management Act in their preparations for a public assembly.

They also faulted Lukwago for inciting violence to destabilise the city after being found liable of incompetence, misconduct and abuse of office.

He noted that the Act was not for the good of Kampala people and the city in particular, but, only to cause tension and havoc in the country’s capital.

Fr. Batanyenda’s words come after the police in Kampala blocked and arrested key opposition leaders from attending the opposition planned rally at Nakivubo Blue primary school in Kampala.

The opposition rally was planned for the Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, to address the people of Kampala on the KCCA tribunal findings.

However, the police deployed heavily at the venue and the Lord Mayor was picked from his home as he tried to leave his house to attend the rally and whisked off to a police cell in Nagalama, Mukono.

Other key opposition leaders including the former FDC party president Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye were also arrested and the rally terminated.

The Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, Idi Ibin Ssenkumbi, noted that the rally organisers did not inform the police in a three days time according to the police Act.

The arrest of the opposition leaders sparked off protests in Kisseka and other parts of the city bringing economic activities to a paralysis.

Fresh details show that police has sealed off Kampala Central MP, Mohammed Nsereko’s house and him to faces arrest.

Meanwhile, Lukwago and Besigye were transferred from Nagalama police station in Mukono and central police station in Kampala to Kira road police and Jinja road police, respectively.

As we speak now, the two opposition leaders are still locked up in their respective cells.


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