Police: UMA Management Invited Us To Block Anti-Corruption Crusade


ailment geneva; font-size: small;”>“Management informed Police that the organizers of the planned meeting had requested them for the venue but they didn’t specify that it was a political rally, prescription ” Police said in a statement on Monday.

order geneva; color: #333333;”>“The management of the showground got concerned on Sunday evening when they saw posters pinned around the venue with politically intensive messages and requested Police to stop the meeting.”

“Management informed Police that their grounds and the surrounding areas are full of businesses which they fear that if a political rally is staged there, they would lose their businesses and hooligans might take advantage of the situation to loot peoples’ properties,” the statement further read.

The statement followed a clash between police and activists who intended to express their anger over the increased cases of high-profile corruption scandals in the country especially in the Prime Minister’s office that saw over Shs20bn stolen.

The Anti-Corruption crusaders, who said they were “mourning” the state-of-affairs in the country, were compelled to shift to premises belonging to HURINET, a human rights advocacy group in Kampala.

Kampala Police boss Andrew Kaweesi made it clear to the activists who were dressed in black t-shirts that their presence at UMA was not welcome and should therefore relocate.

“Management also informed Police that their grounds are purely for business oriented functions and not political activities,” police said in a statement, adding, “The organizers of the meeting did not inform Police or any security organ about their intended activity, therefore we could not guarantee their security.”

Police also encouraged “the general public that when they have activities of such nature to first inform the Police or any security organ to provide them with security.”

Secondly, the statement added, “if they are hiring a place they should brief and give the owners of the venues correct information on the activities they are going to do.”

Police have in the past blocked opposition rallies in Kampala, citing “security reasons.”

Activists said blocking their meeting was a “clear violation of our inalienable right to assembly and association.”


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