The banned pressure group- For God and My Country-4GC is resuming nationwide activities allegedly to sensitize citizens about the social economic ills bedeviling the country. They cite the immense and enormous maladministration, corruption, nepotism, political and economic injustices among other issues.
Mathias Mpuuga, the 4GC aational coordinator says their activities will start in Kampala and eventually spread to other parts of the country starting with western Uganda. Mpuuga says their quest is to speak to Ugandans wherever they are.
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He notes that schools are half empty due to lack of lunch for pupils, hiked electricity tariffs and introduction of the Value Added Tax as some of their concerns. Others are the rampant corruption; high unemployment rates amongst youths, abject poverty and land grabbing by top officials in Karamoja and Hoima districts.
He says they will not be deterred in their activities and they shall challenge any maneuvers aimed at denying them their fundamental rights and freedoms. He says they are going to meet the marginalized groups particularly the youth, women and the elderly who have been neglected, lied to and explain to them what government thinks of them.
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This week Andrew Kaweesi, the Kampala Metropolitan Commander warned that the group is still unlawful and their activities will be stopped by police. JEEMA President Asuman Basalirwa also a lawyer insists that Kaweesi’s comments that Activists for change and For God and My country are illegal no longer stand since they have petitioned the constitutional court challenging the ban.
Basalariwa argues that they are at liberty to continue with their campaigns under A4C and 4GC until the constitutional court pronounces itself on the matter.
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The activists will be joining Kawempe Mayor Hajji Mubarack Munyagwa for a consultative meeting in Kawempe at growers’ field. Munywagwa wrote to Police on the 28th of June informing them of the rally. However in reply the Kampala Metropolitan Commander says Munyagwa had not stated in the letter the agenda for the meeting neither the groups of people he is to consult with.
Kaweesi says this creates a situation of uncertainty as to whether their intentions are lawful. The Metropolitan commander adds that they have got intelligence information that today’s meeting is to act as launch pad for the resurgence of the outlawed A4C and 4GC unlawful activities.
He adds that the venue chosen is an open field that lacks control measures making it susceptible to the current terror threats. The police advised Munyagwa to propose another venue such as a town hall. Munyagwa says that he is convening the meeting in his capacity as the Kawempe Divisional mayor to answer complaints from youth and residents on why services are not being delivered and the youth fund.
Munyagwa says he needs to explain to his voters through the consultative meeting why they have not attained services yet Kampala Capital City Authority is reported to have allocated a colossal sum of money to the division.