Police: Activists plot to disgrace Museveni on Martyrs Day


One of the posters


Police says it has intelligence that opposition activists are plotting to storm Martyrs Day celebrations in Namugongo tomorrow, Wednesday June 3, 2015 in a move to disgrace the President.

Martyrs Day is commemorated in memory of a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts who were executed between November 1885 and January 1887 on orders of King Mwanga II of Buganda.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, told press that opposition already has posters which will be displayed at the shrine to dishonour President Yoweri Museveni.

According to Onyango, the posters bearing Museveni’s image and disguised as electoral reforms publicity, will be distributed to pilgrims, according to the initial plan.

Police days back claimed the opposition were planning to resume violent demonstrations in the city as part of their electoral reforms campaign.

According to Onyango, said some are already distributing the posters in public places like hotels and bars across the city.

One of the posters we saw has Citizen Reform Now (CIREN) inscription and Museveni (the sole candidate), holding two cards (yellow and red) blowing a yellow whistle.

CIREN was recently launched in Kampala by former FDC President, Kizza Besigye, (famed for walk-to-work protests) and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, to push for electoral reforms.

Meanwhile, according to AIGP Kasiima Steven, Director Traffic & Road Safety, there will be no parking for the general public at the venues. 

“Only VIPs with vehicles bearing stickers will be allowed to access the VIP parks at both shrines (Catholic & Protestant shrines). VIPs going to the Catholic Shrine will access Namugongo via Kyaliwajjala and park at Namugongo Primary School playground. VIPs going to the Protestant Shrine will access the venue via Bweyogere and Seeta to park at the Protestant play ground as shall be guided. Private vehicles, Taxis and Motor cycles will NOT be allowed beyond Kireka Trading Centre.”

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