Presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, has spoken out on a Friday incident in which police blocked him from attending a dialogue at Makerere University.
Police commanded by Wandegeya DPC, Brian Ampaire, blocked Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, from entering Makerere University for a function where Amama Mbabazi was supposed to address students.
At the dialogue supposed to be held in Makerere University main hall, Mbabazi, Lukwago, Kampala Central MP, Mohammed Nsereko and FDC politician, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, were the speakers of the day.
Police used teargas to scare away the discussants, arresting three people and threatening to lock up Lukwago himself.
Mbabazi says this an attempt by the ruling government to curtail his freedom to assemble and expression granted by the Constitution.
Makerere university administration had already sanctioned the dialogue only to release another statement banning it after realising that Mbabazi was scheduled to speak to the university Muslim community.
Speaking before pilgrims at Kiwamirembe Prayer Mountain during the celebration of the Feast of Assumption Saturday, Mbabazi lashed out at police for the unconstitutional means being used to restrain politicians.
“These days am not allowed to speak in public. It is not easy to hear that I have addressed people,” Amama is quoted by NTV as saying.
“The other day I was going to Makerere for a dialogue but police made sure that I don’t speak.”
He said it is the right of every individual to be protected and allowed to express his/her views.
DP Ampaire cited the Public Order and Management Act while blocking the meeting, the same act Amama is said to have spearheaded while still serving as the country’s Prime Minister.
After donating Shs 12m, Mbabazi asked the church to do its part in the fight for freedom and equality of Ugandans.