Uganda Police says it has intelligence confirming that youth allied to Amama Mbabazi are planning mass protests across the country.
Since last year, police has been arresting and detaining youth allied to Mbabazi in major towns across the country especially Kampala, Mbarara and Jinja.
Commissioner of Police, Fred Enanga, also Press and Public Relations Officer
Uganda Police, said in a statement that they were ready to deal with anyone who dares take part in the said protests.
Here is police’s statement on the coming protests:
The Police has received information that a group linked to former Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi, intends to stage demonstrations in Kampala, Municipalities, and other major towns in Uganda, tomorrow, Monday, 15th June, 2015.
As we verify this information, this is to alert the general public that the Police has not been notified of such demonstrations as is required by the Public Order Management Act, and should, therefore, not be deceived into participating into them.
The demonstrations, if indeed, they are planned, are illegal.
Therefore, whoever is involved in organizing the demonstrations, or intends to participate in them will be in violation of the law, and will face criminal sanctions in accordance with the law.
To avoid confusion, however, we must reiterate that the Police is not against anybody expressing their views/opinions/grievances publicly.
But this must be done peacefully and unarmed, and the requirements under, particularly, the Public Order Management Act, (especially the 3 days’ notice) must be adhered to.
In this case, Police has no notification of such meetings, and will take all measures to protect public order and public peace.