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Besigye to pray today in the city

Besigye expected to attend Tuesday prayers. FILE PHOTO
Besigye expected to attend Tuesday prayers. FILE PHOTO

Opposition leader Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye will attend prayers today at the Forum For Democratic Change (FDC) party headquarters on Entebbe road. This will be his first function since being consigned to his house a day after the February 18 Uganda Presidential Elections.

Although the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura announced last week that he had moved his forces from restricting Besigye to his home in Kasangati, the politician protested that he remained under confinement and was not allowed to leave.

 

An incident-free drive by Besigye from Kasangati to Najanankumbi today will be a significant  post-election step, although police have warned him not to visit populated areas in the city.

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Here is a PRESS STATEMENT released last night by the Uganda Police

PRESS STATEMENT

The Uganda Police Force has learnt that tomorrow 5th April, 2016, RTD. Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye will attend prayers at the FDC party Headquarters at Najanankumbi. The prayers shall be held within the enclosed party premises and this therefore does not violate the law.

What is of particular security concern however, is information that after the prayers RTD. Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye intends to drive in a procession from Najanankumbi through Clock Tower to Container Village which is one of the most highly populated areas in Kampala City.

The purpose of this statement therefore is to caution RTD. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye to desist from carrying out any procession tomorrow because he has not notified the police in time as required by the Public Order Management Act sec 4 (1) 5(1). Violation of this law calls for sanctions as provided by the Act.

The public is strongly advised to shun anyone who tries to involve them in any unlawful activity that is likely to disrupt safety and peace within the city and which could result into damage to lives and people’s properties.

The Uganda Police Force assures all Ugandans and in particular the business community in Kampala that all measures are in place to ensure public order as well as security for persons and properties.

ACP Namaye Polly
Deputy PRO
UPF
4th April, 2016

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