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Uganda Opposition Plan Fresh Protests


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The two female legislators were pivotal in organising the 2011/12 walk-to-work protests that saw security forces battle opposition youths on Kampala streets, leaving a trail of bloodshed and destruction of property.

Opposition leaders said then the protests were aimed at piling pressure on government to address issues of corruption, nepotism and fix the economy which was not performing well.

But government accused opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye and his colleagues of radicalising the public to instigate an insurrection against the sitting government.

While addressing the rally at Mukono Municipal offices, Turinawe said she is more determined than ever before to achieve her goal of seeing fundamental reforms in the electoral systems in the country.

“All Ugandans should prepare for the next walk-to-work phase because we must have electoral reforms whether government wants it or not,” charged Turinawe.

“I am the commander of Land Forces of Walk-to-Work; so I have the best experience of beating the police security at their game,” said Turinawe as hundreds of opposition supporters cheered her on.

During the walk-to-work season, Turinawe was for several months detained at Luzira Prison on allegations of conspiring to overthrow the government using political violence.

She denied the charge.

The FDC ironlady was also involved in cat-and-mouse chase games with police during the protests that nearly brought business in Kampala to a standstill.

Nambooze reinforced Turinawe in appealing to the public to fasten their belts for what she termed as a ‘fresh struggle’ against the ruling government.

“Even the Police should join the next walk-to-work because they too need these electoral reforms,” said Nambooze.

“The police need a new system that will not delay their salaries for six months,” alleged Nambooze.

The comments are likely to add a strain on security forces that already grappling with a high crime rate in Uganda.

Deputy Police spokesperson, Polly Namaye was not readily available for comment on Tuesday morning.

The two politicians did not elaborate when the protests would begin.

Attended by opposition leaders Besigye, Erias Lukwago, Mugisha Muntu and Dr Olara Otunnu, majority of the speakers attacked Museveni for militarising Uganda’s politics and using excessive methods in dealing with political dissent.


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