Police in Uganda on Thursday arrested dozens of protesters including the Mayor of the capital Kampala for leading demonstrations against the amendment of the country’s Constitution to remove the presidential age limit.
Emilian Kayima, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson told Xinhua by telephone that police arrested Lord Mayor, Elias Lukwago, over 40 opposition supporters and activists for holding illegal assemblies contrary to the public order management act.
He said the protesters also violated the Wednesday directive by the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura banning all processions and demonstrations in the country on Thursday.
Kayihura in a statement banned all processions and demonstrations in the capital, municipalities and major towns over reports that protesters against the amendment of the Constitution were planning to cause mayhem.
“We have arrested several people and will continue to do so for disobeying the issued guidelines, causing confusion and violence in the city. We shall take them to courts of law,” said Kayima.
Lukwago was arrested while getting out of his home. He had called the public to march to Parliament.
Other protesters were arrested while attempting to access Parliament, which is out of bounds for the public due to the controversial bill.
A member of the ruling National Resistance Movement party, Raphael Magezi, plans to move a motion amending the Constitution to remove the presidential age range limit of 75 years. Enditem