Police on Thursday evening fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse a rowdy crowd who had gathered to attend to a joint consultation meeting in Nateete, Kampala to discuss proposed presidential age limit removal. URN brings you the pictures from Nateete in Lubaga South, where the Opposition were meant to consult.
Youths at the age limit consultation meeting in Lubaga
Police on Thursday evening fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse a rowdy crowd who had gathered to attend to a joint consultation meeting in Nateete, Kampala to discuss proposed presidential age limit removal.
MPs opposed to the lifting of the Presidential age limit are holding joint consultation rallies throughout the country. Although police has stopped the MPs from holding joint rallies, the opposition maintain that they will go ahead with the same.
Chaos ensued at Nateete Lorry Park, in Nateete trading centre, Lubaga South division when Police blocked MPs Allan Ssewanyana for Makindye West, Joseph Ssewungu of Kalungu West, Moses Kasibante of Rubaga North, Makindye East MP Ibrahim Kasozi and Muwanga Kivumbi the MP Butambala County from accessing the consultation area where the opposition had scheduled a joint meeting.
Police sealed off the park, not allowing any legislator to enter except area MP Kato Lubwama. Police told the other MPs to turn back and head to their constituencies.
Ssewanyana and Kasibante came in a green car with tinted windows expecting to enter unnoticed but Police was quick to discover and block them. Kato Lubwama came out of the rally in an attempt to convince the police to allow his colleagues in. Instead, he was arrested and whisked away to Katwe Police Station.
URN has learnt that Muwanga Kivumbi was also picked up and taken Katwe Police. The rest of the MPs, including the leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza who arrived at the venue at the time of the chaos managed to flee.
The crowd turned rowdy singing "Togikwatako" and throwing stones forcing police to start firing live bullets and teargas.
Earlier, Siraje Bakaleke, the Kampala Metropolitan District Police Commander, told URN in an interview that they would not allow any MP who is not from the area to attend the consultation. Asked whether there is any law that prohibits MPs from inviting colleagues to their constituencies, Bakaleke stated that the Speaker of Parliament had directed the MPs.
While the MPs were denied entry into the meeting area, some local councillors took charge of the campaign against lifting the age limit.
Medard Sseggona, the Busiro East MP stated that they will continue with the battle against age limit removal but also take legal action.
Sseggona says although he had his rally in Kyengera, it did not yield much as people were in fear looking at what happened at Nateete.
The consultations come at the backdrop of the proposal to amend Article 102(b) of the constitution that puts a cap on the Presidential age at 35 and 75 years. URN brings you the pictures from Nateete in Lubaga South, where the Opposition were meant to consult.