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Opposition Protests Could Disrupt O'Level Exams

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site geneva; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’;”>Police Chief Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura had through several emissaries and telephone calls informed protest organisers that they should halt their political activities in the interest of school-going children.

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this site geneva; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’;”>The police chief said violence associated with walk-to-work would disrupt the kids’ performance, concentration and movement.

However, in a bold spirit of defiance and what parents like Frank Irumba has described as ‘insensitivity of the highest magnitude’ on his face book wall, the leader of walk-to-work has said the political activity will not be cancelled.

In a letter to Gen. Kayihura dated October 15, 2011, Mathius Mpuuga notes: “We urge the police to desist from using tear gas, rubber and live ammunition against walkers who will include students going to schools to sit their exams.”

Adding: “They are already under academic pressure and do not need the extra anxiety that may be caused by trigger-happy security officers.”

Analysts say opposition is giving police moral and security grounds to crush the protests that have of recent been a source of instability.

The Activists For Change (A4C) announced Thursday they would revive the walk-to-work demos to compel government take action against ministers suspected of having received bribes from Tullow oil.

In a press statement, Matthias Mpuuga said the protests would be countrywide to pressure government to take action against the rising cost of living.

Mpuuga said the return of the political activity was to also geared at assuring government that choosing to keep a low profile after being crushed by security forces from the streets was not a sign of ‘weakness.’

By press time, security was gathering the finest of notes on opposition leaders’ plans.

For a very long time, security has feared opposition leaders intended to use political rallies to spark a civil uprising against the state.

“Besigye has other motives,” Museveni said a few days after crushing violent protesters that lit bonfires in the middle of roads and robbed merchandise from traders in different parts of the city.

Below is the letter sent to Kayihura.

October, 15, 2011

The Inspector General of Police

Police Headquarters

KAMPALA

Dear Sir,

We are writing to inform you that O – level students will be beginning their exams on Monday 17th October, which be the start of our ‘Walk to Work week.’

We are anxious to ensure that they start and complete their exams successfully.

We recall with regret the incidents during the last Walk to Work campaign, when police unleashed terror against innocent school children in classes and schools.

We urge the police to desist from using tear gas, rubber and live ammunition against walkers who will include students going to schools to sit their exams.

They are already under academic pressure and do not need the extra anxiety that may be caused by trigger-happy security officers.

We remind you that it is in the best interest of all concerned that law and order are observed strictly during the Walk to Work week.

We wish to assure you that activists will only be engaged in walking from their places of residence to their places of work. There will be no assemblies or rallies until Saturday October 22nd, 2011 when we will converge in Kololo for a rally.

We reiterate that Activists for Change organizes peaceful nonviolent activities only and they remain peaceful until disrupted by rowdy security officers.

We look forward to your cooperation and a successful week of the walk to work campaign.

Hon. Mathias Mpuuga (MP)

National Coordinator, A4C

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