(Xinhua) -- Security was tightened
here Thursday in and around Uganda’s capital to prevent any
violence ahead of a motion in parliament, which seeks to scrap
the presidential age limit of 75 years.
Uganda’s police spokesperson, told Xinhua by phone that the
police and military have been deployed in the capital Kampala
especially around the parliament, key strategic installations
and major towns.
"We have deployed a joint capability force with our sister
security agencies for both covert and overt operations," said
Opposition legislators and campaigners opposed to the motion
say the move by the ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM)
is intended to allow President Yoweri Museveni to run in the
2021 elections when he is over 75 years old.
The NRM parliamentary caucus Wednesday endorsed a move by
Igara West MP Raphael Magezi to present a motion seeking
parliamentary leave to draft a constitutional amendment of
Article 102(b) and scrap the 75-year-old age limit for
The opposition and campaigners against the bill have vowed to
block the bill when it comes to parliament.
They have mobilized the public to come to parliament Thursday
to prevent the submitting of the bill.
Police Wednesday raided offices of the non-governmental
organizations it suspects of funding the campaign against the
Museveni has been in power for over 30 years.
Ugandan police arrest
dozens of protesters
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Police in Uganda on Thursday arrested dozens of
protesters including the Mayor of the capital Kampala for
leading demonstrations against the amendment of the country’s
Constitution to remove the presidential age limit.
Emilian Kayima, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson told
Xinhua by telephone that police arrested Lord Mayor, Elias
Lukwago, over 40 opposition supporters and activists for holding
illegal assemblies contrary to the public order management act.
He said the protesters also violated the Wednesday directive
by the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura banning
all processions and demonstrations in the country on Thursday.
Kayihura in a statement banned all processions and
demonstrations in the capital, municipalities and major towns
over reports that protesters against the amendment of the
Constitution were planning to cause mayhem.
"We have arrested several people and will continue to do so
for disobeying the issued guidelines, causing confusion and
violence in the city.
"We shall take them to courts of law," said Kayima.
Lukwago was arrested while getting out of his home.
He had called the public to march to Parliament.
Other protesters were arrested while attempting to access
Parliament, which is out of bounds for the public due to the
A member of the ruling National Resistance Movement party,
Raphael Magezi, plans to move a motion amending the Constitution
to remove the presidential age range limit of 75 years.