The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has backed the calls by Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president for the walk to work protests. Over the weekend, Dr. Kizza Besigye announced the return of the walk to work protests to express dissatisfaction against the presidential age removal.
He argued asked all Ugandans opposed to the proposed scrapping of article 102 (b) of the constitution to park their vehicles and walk to work like the case was in 2011. According to Besigye, it is time that those opposed and those in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment are known. The protests are expected to start 3rd, October 2017.
Now, Paul Mwiru, the Deputy FDC party spokesperson, says the party is fully behind the protests announced by Besigye. “Besigye’s Front doesn’t contradict with the struggle we are on, we have many fronts just like NRM, we expect every Ugandan opposed to the removal of age limit to come and be part of us tomorrow,” said Mwiru.
Idi Ouma, the FDC National Youth Chairperson, says they are fully behind the protest.
In 2011, Besigye announced the walk to work protests against high commodity and fuel prices. The walk-to-work protest began on April 11 led by Activists for Change (A4C). Police reacted with brutality to the protests leading to the arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye and other key opposition figures.
They were arraigned in court for staging illegal assemblies and disobeying lawful orders. The then Attorney General, Peter Nyombi later invoked Section 56 of the Penal Code Act to issue a statutory instrument declaring A4C as “an unlawful society.”
Nyombi said that the membership of A4C is banned and if they tried to form another group, it will also be deemed unlawful. It is not clear whether or not Police has okayed the walk to work protests.
In August this year, the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura banned processions by all those in favor and against the proposed constitutional amendment, saying they could lead to a breach of peace.