Opposition youth in court to block Museveni swearing in

Opposition youth have filed a petition in High Court seeking to block the swearing in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni is scheduled to take oath on Mya 12 at Kololo independence grounds.

However, opposition youth led by a one Hakim Kiiza and Moses Bigirwa are asking court to stop the ceremony claiming it was Kizza Besigye who won the 2016 elections.

They claim that Museveni could be beyond the constitutional 75 years of age.
They are demanding for a medical and scientific examination to determine Museveni’s real age.

The file was forwarded to High Court registrar for perusal.

Hakim Kizza was the Secretary General of Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) activists who in 2012 tried to hold a birthday party for President Museveni.

While Museveni said then he was 68 years old, the youth claimed he was already 70.

The army has since taken over Kampala and secured all volatile spots to avert danger.



Police speaks

Appearing on NBS television on Thursday morning, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said government was maintaining the security posture, both covert and overt to stop all forms of public disturbance.

“FDC was planning to use demos to disrupt forthcoming swearing in ceremony but we are prepared,” he said.

Enanga observed that come May 12th, there is no one that is going to threaten the swearing in ceremony.

“We don’t see any threat. FDC rightly wrote to the police about planned demonstration but their activities are blocked by interim court order.”

He said fundamental rights are not absolute.

“This is about protecting the public interest of other Ugandans. We have to enforce the order.”

FDC expected tens of thousands of Ugandans, from all walks of life to gather in cities and towns across the country in peaceful protest against the government’s persistent violation of their basic civil and political rights.

The demos were organised by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to oppose the planned inauguration of Mr. Yoweri Museveni after fraudulent elections.

FDC said the government’s move to prevent its citizens from gathering to pray is extraordinary and unprecedented.

Uganda held presidential and parliamentary elections on 18th February, 2016 that EU observers found to be “eclipsed by an atmosphere of intimidation”.

“Despite widespread evidence of fraud and mounting international criticism, the government has resisted calls by Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye to resolve the disputed vote through an independent audit of the electoral process.”

The FDC and its pro-democratic allies will stay the course, peacefully insisting upon their constitutional rights to determine their own future and that of their country, the party proclaimed.

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