The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has requested Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to reschedule the swearing in ceremony of the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Lord Councillors and Councillors from Wednesday June 1 to Monday June 6.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the request, saying it was “due to the over stretched capacity of the police to render effective service to the two heads of State from the Republic of South Korea and Republic of Turkey that are being hosted as well as preparations of Uganda Martyrs day.”
Over two million pilgrims and tourists are expected in the city for Martyrs Day alone on June 3. He said the religious celebrations combined with the swearing in ceremony and celebrations would be he hard to police.
“This is aimed at protecting against threats of terrorism and other crime related concerns. We regret any inconveniences towards the Lord Mayor and councillors, and seek support and cooperation from them,” Enanag said.
Police have meanwhile warned that there will be security screening processes before accessing the Protestant and Catholic shrines. The pilgrims are advised against carrying expensive valuables like phones, cameras and bulk cash. Also church items and food shall be sold in gazetted areas.
Illegal demonstrations: 3 arrested
Three suspects including blogger Samson Tusiime @samwyri have been arrested for planning, according to Police, to hold illegal demonstrations and protests at Nakawa High Court on Wednesday June 1, 2016.
Police say Tusiime, Ismail Muyinda Ismail and Asia Nanyanzi had printed and distributed 120 shirts bearing the image of the former FDC presidential flag bearer Col. Kizza Besigye. Apparently 20 shirts have been recovered. The protests, police say, commenced last Friday.
“The police will not tolerate disobedience of the law in case the organisers don’t cooperate with the police who are in charge of facilitating lawful public assemblies because we are prepared to take a swift and decisive enforcement action,” Enanga said.