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Mao warns Police on demos

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd May 2011 03:00 AM

DEMOCRATIC Party president, Norbert Mao has advised the army and the Police to stop interfering in the peaceful walk-to-work demonstrations.

By Chris Ocowun

DEMOCRATIC Party president, Norbert Mao has advised the army and the Police to stop interfering in the peaceful walk-to-work demonstrations.

Mao said the demonstration is a political dispute between the opposition and President Yoweri Museveni against the high cost of living.

He said Uganda is experiencing high commodity prices because President Museveni used money in the reserve to buy votes.

Mao said the opposition was compiling the names of Police officers who brutalised civilians during the protests.

He added that the opposition would submit them to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

He encouraged people in the north to participate in the walk-to-work demonstrations.

Mao, who walked with a big crowd from Layibi Centre to Kaunda Grounds, where he addressed his last rally as the chairman of Gulu district on Sunday, advised people to be peaceful and avoid using stones and sticks while demonstrating.

“This Government is old yet Ugandans need a strong government to address poverty, electricity and high prices of commodities and fuel,” Mao said.

He added that the opposition would lobby for foreign countries to deny visas to children of corrupt Ugandan ministers studying abroad.

“I wrote to the Police and informed them of this rally, but I was disappointed when radio stations refused to air my announcement,” he said.

Mao, who announced his plan to start offering legal services as a lawyer, said Museveni is worried of the walk-to-work demonstrations because of the crisis in Libya.

“I urge you to participate in the demonstration peacefully. I cannot pick stones to face someone with a gun. Do not be violent because we have not yet reached that stage,” he told the crowd.

Mao added that the Government had failed to attract more foreign exchange like dollars and the pound sterling.

He said he was going to rebuild and unite his party members to prepare for the 2016 presidential elections.

Mao cautioned the youth against alcoholism, saying it results in reckless behaviour and acquisition of sexually transmitted diseases.

He conveyed condolence to the bereaved families who lost their relatives during the walk-to-work demonstrations in Gulu recently.

Mao warns Police on demos

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