The Uganda Police have advised members of the public to stay away from a meeting organised by embattled Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago slated for today at St. Matia Mulumba, saying the meeting is likely to cause a ‘breach of peace’.
The beleaguered Lord Mayor had written to the Inspector General of Police requesting for permission to hold a stakeholders meeting today 6th January 2014, at St. Matia Mulumba in the city.
However, in a press statement released Sunday and signed by the force’s spokesperson Judith Nabakooba, police says it consulted the the country’s Attorney General who adivised against the meeting.
The statement added that police had received information that a group of youths have been mobilized to cause chaos in the city centre.
According to police, the mobilized youth “Plan to stage a kidnap of either a member of Lukwago’s family or his deputy so that they blame it on the government.”
Below is the full police statement
Mr. Lukwago wrote to the Inspector General of Police requesting for permission to hold a stakeholders meeting today 6th January 2014, at St. Matia Mulumba.
We have been legally advised by the Attorney General that Mr. Lukwago does not have authority to convene the contemplated meeting as the Lord Mayor of Kampala and that such meeting is likely to cause a breach of peace.
We have also received information that there are political activists who have mobilized the youth to cause chaos in the city center today, 6th January, 2014 around Kiseka market, Najjankumbi, Kireka, Owino and other places to coincide with same meeting.
Meetings have been held in various places; planning and coordinating how to engage in criminal activities like causing chaos, engaging in burning and destroying properties.
We have also received information that they plan to stage a kidnap of either a member of Lukwago’s family or his deputy so that they blame it on the government. The main purpose is to cause mayhem and disrupt normal business.
This is to caution and strongly advise the youth (who have been mobilized) to shun the evil plans of these irresponsible individuals who are misleading you. The people luring you into criminal activities will not be there when the law catches up with you.
We therefore strongly advise the public to shun tomorrow’s meeting, as it is illegal.
Judith Nabakooba Police