By Joyce Namutebi and Paul Kiwuuwa
All Ugandans whether in the Government or opposition should be allowed to celebrate in their own different styles, the Golden Jubilee, members of the opposition have said.
While briefing the press at Parliament over reports that the Police had advised politicians against holding rallies or demonstrations until after the October 9 celebrations due to “security concerns”, shadow defence and security minister Hassan Kaps Fungaroo (FDC), said his leaders shared the sentiments that the Police stunt was unfortunate.
The Minister for Information and National Guidance, Mary Karooro Okurut, said: “As long as the group works with the Police and agree on guidelines, there is no problem.”
The Police yesterday arrested opposition leaders who were planning to demonstrate and conduct a political rally at the Constitution Square under the umbrella body of For God and My Country (4GC), purporting that these were part of their Jubilee celebrations.
The leaders are FDC’s president, Dr. Kizza Besigye, Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, Kawempe mayor Mubarak Munyagwa and some city councillors.
Meanwhile, the Kampala Central MP Mohammad Nsereko was prevented from leaving his home.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Kaweesi said: “Those who do not want to celebrate are free to stay at home but they should not disrupt those who want to make merry.”
In retaliation, Fungaro said: “Whether there is insecurity or not, we can’t postpone the celebrations. What Kayihura should prepare for is vigilance.”
He explained that holding rallies after the jubilee will have lost its importance and alleged that the guise of insecurity may be orchestrated to scare the people and justify insecurity.