Uganda Police deploys 1,000 officers ahead of age limit debate

Uganda Police deploys 1,000 officers ahead of age limit debate
A police truck seen parked near DP offices. Courtesy Photo.

There is heavy police and military police deployment in Kampala and its neighborhoods. The deployment is meant to counter the anticipated protests by opposition activists against the proposed presidential age limit debate in Parliament today.

The heavy deployment follows threats by Democratic Party (DP) to lead a procession to Parliament this afternoon under a campaign code named ‘red week’ to stop the debate on the report by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee on the proposed presidential age limit amendment.

A highly placed source in Kampala Metropolitan Police told this publication that they have deployed a combined force involving more than 1,000 police and Military officers in Kampala and its surrounding areas.

Police have also set up a heavy security ring in the city center covering the parliamentary building and the outer most ring covering all junctions entering into Kampala city like Busega, Nansana, Kalerwe, Bweyogerere and Kajansi.

Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, says whoever tries to march to Parliament will face the full wrath of police.

“We are working with other security agencies to ensure that there is no chaos around the Parliamentary Chambers,” Kayima said.

The Constitutional (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017, which seeks to amend article 102b of the constitution comes to parliament this afternoon for its second reading.

During the first reading, Members of Parliament opposed to the amendment caused chaos in the House in attempt to stop the mover of the bill, Raphael Magyezi, the Igara West MP from tabling it.

Plain clothes security personnel stormed the house from the Office of the President and brutally evicted the legislators.

Some of the legislators like the Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze are yet to recover from the injuries they sustained during the raid.

– URN