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Age Limit Debate: Police Clarify on 50 Activists Held at Nalufenya

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AIGP Asan Kasingye

AIGP Asan kasingye has confirmed that 56 activists who were yesterday arrested  have been transferred to Nalufenya police station “on charges of holding unlawful assemblies.”

According to kasingye, 24 of the demonstrators were nabbed from Magere, 14 from St. Kizito kiri and 13 from Gayaza while 5 were caught from Nabutaka , all in Kyadondo East Constituency.

The Police mouthpiece says their assemblies contravened section 55 of the Penal Code Act (PCA).

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While article 29(D)of the constitution allows for freedom to demonstrate peacefully and unarmed, Kasingye in a press statement writes, there are enabling laws that must be considered such as section 55 of the PCA and section 5 of the Public Order and management Act.

Kasingye further revealed that details of the suspects’ particulars will be produced in due course, adding: “they will be produced in court as soon as charges are brought against them as director by the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Amending the age limit clause would see President Museveni stand for another term in office.

ChimpReports yesterday broke the story about the arrests, and we were informed that said the apprehended suspects were found in possession of banners, t-shirts and other materials carrying “messages of a violent defiance campaign.”

President Museveni for the first time yesterday spoke out on the alleged age limit bill, saying it was diversionary.

Addressing  a press conference at State House, Entebbe today, Museveni denied knowledge of any bill intended to lift the age limit for presidential candidates.

“I hear alot about it but I don’t follow it because I am busy with my programs, “Museveni responded to a question from journalists.

He said that whoever is talking about the bill is misguided and has no background to it.

“What are you debating? Who has brought the proposal for you to debate?”

ChimpReports understands opposition supporters arrested could face charges related to subversion.

We couldn’t immediately establish where the opposition supporters are being held.

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