Minister Mateke holds protest against Kayihura trial

World's Oldest Serving Politician Mateke Phelemon

World’s Oldest Serving Politician Mateke Philemon

State Minister for regional cooperation Dr Philemon Mateke has become the second government official after Internal affairs minister Jeje Odongo to protest prosecution the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura.

Mateke who is known to be one of the aging ministers in President Yoweri Museveni’s government on Monday led dozens of residents and opinion leaders of his Kisoro district in a peaceful demonstration against Kayihura’s planned appearance in Makindye court where he was charged for torturing supporters of opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye.

The protestors walked through the streets of Kisoro town as they protested the prosecution of their son and police chief Gen Kayihura.

Kayihura is charged together with seven of his top commanders for alleged violation of the rights of opposition supporters.

Mateke is quoted to have said that the charges against Gen .Kayihura are aimed at intimidating and scaring the police force from doing its noble duty of keeping law and order in the country.

Mateke warned that if the courts and the DPP insist on prosecuting the police boss, they are to walk to Kampala and request to be charged together with their son.

This is not the first time a group of people is protesting against Kayihura prosecution.

Early this month, police is said to have deployed goons to disrupt Makindye Magistrates Court proceedings where Kayihura was expected to appear to answer to the charges of torture.

However, the general snubbed court summons just as expected.

The goons at court also tried to lynch Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and the other private lawyers prosecuting Kayihura.

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