Uganda’s Mbabazi dares the police to stop him

Free to talk to voters: Amama Mbabazi

YOU CANNOT STOP ME: Amama Mbabazi tells the police

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has scoffed at Uganda’s Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura’s recent assertions that the police won’t allow his voter consulation drive saying he (the IGP) doesn’t have powers to block his proposed nationwide public consultation over his 2016 presidential ambitions.

Mbabazi said this while appearing on Straight Africa on Voice of America recently.

He was responding to a question by the host Shaka Ssali on a letter issued by the Inspector General Kale Kayihura saying that Mbabazi doesn’t have any locus standing to hold the Public consultative meetings.

In his June 23 letter, Kayihura asks Mbabazi to halt his proposed public consultation meeting saying they are illegal because his NRM party has neither endorsed nor sponsored him.

Kayihura also said there are other issues relating to requirements under the Public Order Management Act, which he would communicate to Mbabazi once he shows him evidence that his meetings are lawful. But in his response, Mbabazi accused Police of misinterpreting the Public Order Management Act over time.

On his presidential ambitions, Mbabazi said it is time for a peaceful transition of power to another generation.

He said the change he envisages will make Uganda a better country by reviving its democracy and institutions, transforming the economy, attracting local and foreign investment, and promoting equitable development.

Mbabazi said he has been at the center of the governance of this country and that he knows the regime’s weaknesses.

Since declaring his intentions to challenge President Yoweri Museveni on June 15, Mbabazi has dominated the news.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has said that Police should not discriminate against anybody while enforcing the law.

His remarks come against a backdrop of complaints by a section of the public that the police are harassing opposition politicians and now former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who recently declared he was to contest for the country’s presidency.

Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze had asked Rugunda to explain why Amama Mbabazi’s supporters were being arrested by the police.

Two weeks ago, Mbabazi said he would contest as a presidential candidate under the NRM party. His supporters have since been arrested and arraigned in courts for allegedly holding illegal assembly among other charges.

Dr. Rugunda while responding to Nambooze’s question said the Police was simply enforcing law and order.

Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu said the police is pushing people who do not agree with government  against the wall.

He claimed that it is evident that police is taking sides ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Rugunda said that the police like the army are mandated to serve all the people of Uganda and any departure from this position is wrong and disciplinary action should be taken.