Uganda Police says it has received a communication from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party that it intends to conduct a number of assemblies and processions during the Independence week starting on October 7th 2016.
Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Police Spokesperson, says they have replied and guided the FDC party leadership to desist from holding a parallel event which will breach security.
In his letter to FDC leadership, Kaweesi explained that Independence Day is a National Public Holiday under the provisions of the Public Holiday’s Act Cap 255, from which the government schedules National Public Celebrations.
This year’s celebrations will be in Luuka district.
He said Uganda Police Force together with other security agencies are now focused on the security for the success of the national celebrations.
“Holding assemblies and celebrations parallel to the national celebrations seem to have an unclear motive that would undermine the security and success of the national celebrations.”
He advised FDC party to attend the national celebrations and desist from conducting parallel ceremonies.
“The general public is therefore advised to avoid any parallel celebrations that are conducted outside the national celebrations.”
Addressing press at his home in Kasangati earlier, Kizza Besigye said they would use independence to show that Uganda belongs to the people.