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Tension As Kayihura Warns Lukwago, Besigye Over Kampala Protests

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generic http://clark-illustration.com/wp-admin/includes/schema.php geneva;”>The Inspector General of Police, medications Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura has advised the Lord Mayor of Kampala and other political leaders who include Col Kizza Besigye to reschedule their planned tour of the city center until after the jubilee celebrations.

advice geneva;”>“Police therefore, has strongly, advised the Lord Mayor and other Political leaders to reschedule their activities until after the Independence Jubilee celebrations,” a statement signed on Sunday by Kayihura, reads in part.

Below is Kayihura’s statement in full.

A4C leaders on Saturday called upon all their opposition supporters to gather in Kampala to tour the downtown part of the city before converging at the Constitutional Square.

Chimpreports today reported that President Yoweri Museveni had ordered Kayihura to arrest Besigye and all his accomplices as a precautionary measure.

Clashes between police and political activists have in the past left dozens dead and scores injured.

On 29th September 2012 the Lord Mayor of Kampala City Council Authority wrote a letter informing the Police of his intention along with other political leaders to tour, on 1st October, 2012, alternative places where the business community in the New Taxi Park were relocated, and thereafter, address a gathering at the Constitutional Square.

As you are aware the country is very busy preparing for the Golden Independence jubilee, and as earlier advised, it is of paramount importance to scale down on such activities and gatherings in order to afford opportunity to concentrate on the preparations for the national event without inference.

Police therefore, has strongly, advised the Lord Mayor and other Political leaders to reschedule their activities until after the Independence Jubilee celebrations.

The Uganda Police Force has also received reliable information that an unlawful organization, “For God and my Country (4GC)”, is organizing several activities which include rallies, candle light vigils, and prayers to commemorate the 50 years of Independence outside arrangements by the National Organizing Committee {NOC} 4GC intends to use this cover to cause widespread and sustained violence and destruction, and in the process, destabilize peace and security in the country and sabotage national cerebration of the Golden Jubilee of our Independence.

Under Article 212 of the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the Police to protect life and property, ensure law and order, prevent and defeat crime 2 2

It is for this reason that Section 32(1) of the Police Act empowers the Police to regulate the conduct of public meetings and processions. We acknowledge that in this case, the office of the Lord Mayor has given such notification to the Police.

However, on the very same day, the Lord Mayor participated in a press conference in which announcement was made by an unlawful organization 4GC, that they plan beginning the same Monday 1st October 2012 a program of activities that are intended to disrupt, sabotage the national celebrations of 50 years of Uganda’s independence. It is therefore, not a coincidence that the program of the Lord Mayor is at the same time with the beginning of the “For God and my Country” (4GC) programme accordingly.

In the interest of national security, we have asked the Lord Mayor to reschedule this program to another date after the Independence Jubilee celebrations, but, even, then, we should organize this programme in a transparent and lawful manner.

In executing this regulatory function the Police require organizers of such meetings and processions to notify the Police in advance. The purpose of the notice is to enable the Police plan for the security of the function, ensure that the rights of other persons not involved are protected, and ensure that national security is not compromised.

This, in fact, is the standard practice the world over, in other established democracies, as well as sister Commonwealth countries. We, in addition, caution any person organizing, or intending to hold or participate in unlawful programme, that such action constitute a crime.

We advise members of the public to ignore misleading statements, leaflets, and other negative information, whose purpose is happily to disorganize them from marking a major milestone in the history of our country.

Otherwise, the Police shall continue to cooperate with the public, in exercise of rights and freedoms, as long as it is with the law. Thank you.

LT GEN KALE KAYIHURA

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

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