The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, has blocked a planned march by the Go Forward presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, across Kampala to give way for President Yoweri Museveni’s procession on the same day.
In a letter addressed to the executive director Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA], Jennifer Musisi, Kayihura says Mbabazi’s planned march falls into the category of a public meeting contrary to the Public Order Management Act.
He says Amama never wrote to police about the planned procession.
“Besides, the National Resistance Movement party had given prior notice to the Inspector General of Police to hold similar activities on the same days,” Kayihura writes.
“Given that the activities are planned to be accompanied by a lot of pomp and celebration and will cover major routes lead into Kampala City Centre, it is not possible to simultaneously police both activities,” continued the police chief.
“For the above reasons therefore, the planned activities by Hon Amama Mbabazi are not lawful,” he clarified.
“Accordingly, we advise that you communicate to Hon Amama Mbabazi to follow the law and give notice pf the public meetings to the Inspector General of Police before he can proceed with his programme of activities,” Kayihura advises Musisi.
The letter is signed by Kayihura and copied to Amama, electoral commission chairman, Badru Kiggundu, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander and Musisi.
Museveni and Mbabazi will be nominated on the same day November 3 at Mandela national stadium, Namboole at 10:00 am and 11:00am respectively.
Museveni will proceed to Kololo independence grounds for a public rally.
This week, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said Kololo was out of bounds for opposition after Mbabazi should interest in using it for his public rally.
According to this arrangement, there won’t be any rally or procession for the former Prime Minister and his supporters.
“The planned activity is governed by the PPOA. In particular, Section 5 (1) of the Act provides that a convener of a public meeting should notify the Inspector General of Police or the authorised representative of the intention to hold a public meeting, providing all the information required under the provision of Section 5 of the PPOA,” Kayihura was clear.
Nonetheless, NRM Poor Youth Forum that supports Amama Mbabazi has continued mobilising for the march saying it must happen.