Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] executive director, Jennifer Musisi, has defied an order by police chief Kale Kayihura and cleared Amama Mbabazi to hold a procession in the city after his presidential nomination tomorrow.
In a letter dated October 31, responding to Mbabazi’s letter dated October 22, on the launch of his presidential campaign manifesto, Kayihura allowed Mbabazi to use Nakivubo stadium in Kampala.
“This is to inform you that your notification has been received and there is no objection, since Nakivubo stadium has accepted to host the meeting,” Kayihura wrote back to Mbabazi.
In a separate letter to the executive director Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA], Jennifer Musisi, Kayihura blocked Mbabazi’s planned march across Kampala city.
He said Amama never wrote to police about the planned procession.
Kayihura also explained that the National Resistance Movement party had given prior notice to hold similar activities on the same day.
“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,” the police chief said.
Musisi defies Kayihura, allows Mbabazi procession
Musisi ignored Kayihura’s order and wrote back to Amama allowing him to hold his procession as earlier requested.
“Reference is made to your letter dated 28 November [should be October] 2015 requesting for permission to conduct a procession and publicity drive from 1ts to 3rd November 2015 and thereafter hole an event at Nakivubo War Memorial stadium,” Musisi writes.
“KCCA has granted you permission to carry out the procession and publicity drives in other divisions apart from the Central Business District [CBD].”
Musisi in the letter set conditions for Mbabazi including not using posters, fliers and brochures to advertise the event, otherwise he would be fined.
“Vehicles should not park along pavements and greenbelts”, Musisi advised, saying an indemnity would be charged for destroying property, pavements and green belts.
“No music/moving van is allowed in the central business district. Sound levels should be kept at moderate levels of 60 decibels.”
Mbabazi was also advised not to interfere with pedestrian walkways and traffic movements.
Musisi threatened to revoke the permission upon breach other set conditions.
President Yoweri 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, on the otherhand, will proceed to Kololo independence grounds for a public rally.