Luke Oweyesigyire, the deputy spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police area, says police picked up the leaders for violating the Standard Operating Procedures instituted by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Over a dozen Nansana Division officials in Nansana
Municipality in Wakiso district spent Friday night in police cells for
violating the nighttime curfew. Key among the suspects are Joseph Matovu, the
Nansana Division LC III chairperson, Nasif Najja, the Division Speaker, Division
councillors and 2 local council one chairpersons.
Police picked up the suspects from Nansana Division
headquarters on Friday night around 9 pm where they were allegedly partying. Luke
Oweyesigyire, the deputy spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police area, says
police picked up the leaders for violating the Standard Operating Procedures
instituted by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“They were found partying in one of the premises next to the division
offices around 9 pm. We caught them with a cake as an exhibit and we still have
it,” he said. The Nansana Municipality Member of Parliament, Wakayima
Nsereko accused the police of arresting the people’s elected leaders without
any tangible reason.
“Imagine getting them from their offices. We are going to
write to the Inspector General of police requesting him to call his people to
order,” Wakayima told URN at Nansana Police Stations where he had gone to
rescue the suspects.
“What is so big that the police couldn’t talk
about with the leaders other than disgrace them like that in front of their
electorate?” he asked. Joseph Matovu, the Nansana Division LC III chairperson
denies claims that they were partying.
“The meeting was official and we were planning
for the division and the main points on the agenda were, the Independence
Day celebrations, planning for the parish model, which is starting very soon
and streamlining the budget process, which is ongoing, “he said. Adding that, “Unfortunately
we were sabotaged.”
He accused the District Police Commander of disrespecting
local leaders. “We no longer want him in our area. We have summoned him
several times over the same but he has adamantly refused to show up,” he said. He
explained that police deployed around their offices by around 5 pm, an indicator
that they had planned their move.
Lydia Nakitto, a councillor at Nansana division, who was among
those arrested, claimed that they were planning for their Independence Day
football match between the division and the municipality. “But to our surprise
police locked us up. It was even before curfew time. It was a very embarrassing
experience,” she said.
The councillors vowed not to work with the police anymore
for allegedly engaging in partisan politics. Shortly after their release on
police bond, the councillors stormed Nabweru division playground for their
independence match singing and chanting songs in praise of the National Unity Platform-NUP
president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.