The Uganda Police Force has warned Kawempe South MP-elect, Munyagwa Mubarak, against holding so-called party celebrations saying his event has not been given the green light.
This warned is contained in a press statement issued by the force’s spokesperson, Fred Enanga on Friday night.
Munyagwa had earlier revealed that the opposition will ‘celebrate party victory’ on Saturday and that Kizza Besigye will be chief guest. However, according to Enanga, this has not be okayed by the police as he did not give prior notice.
“The police would like to caution the public, not to be deceived into participating in this very event, because it has not been cleared after the organizers and in particular the Mayor Kawempe ( MP Elect), Munyagwa Mubarak, failed to give at least the 3 days but not more than 15 days’ notice before the proposed date of their public meeting at Nakivubo Primary School,” Enanga’s statement reads in part.
The statement adds, “We want to remind him and the other organizers that holding a public meeting without any reasonable excuse and or failure to comply with the conditions under the POMA, tantamount to an offence of disobedience of statutory duty, liable on conviction to the penalty for that offence under Section 116 of the Penal Code Act.”
Enanga, however, says the police will “be regulating three public events beginning tomorrow Saturday, 9th April, 2016, that include the World Fitness Day celebrations in partnership with the Uganda Olympic Committee, the NRM victory celebrations at the Kololo Independence grounds, and securing beforehand the routes to the Kabaka’s Marathon.”
Enanga also cautioned political actors against holding public meeting without notifying the police, saying the force will take all necessary measures to protect the public.
“We therefore, urge all political actors and intending participants with plans of holding public meetings to always adhere to the requirements of Section 5 of the POMA which makes it mandatory to notify the Inspector General of Police of any public meeting. The police will under all circumstances, take all necessary measures to ensure and also protect public order and public peace,” Enanga said.