Police commanded by ASP Ssekalema Shaban, the OC Station has blocked and dispersed an FDC Leaders meeting that was organised at Gwaniika Village, Nabingola Sub County, Kasambya constituency at Home Land Organic Gardens.
Deputy President Owek Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo had led a delegation of leaders from Buganda Region including Vice Chairman Kibuka Mukalazi, Mrs. Ssebuwufu Harriet Nakiyemba the Ethics and Culture Secretary, Muzei Kalule Samuel Kiseyeye the Secretary for Elders, Mr. Kizito Livingston of the Security Committee among others to meet the local Party branch in Mubende in a move to reorganize the lower level structures.
ASP Shaban told FDC leaders that to hold such gathering; they first needed the permission from Inspector General of police in accordance with public order management law.
FDC have condemned the move. “Some elements in the security agencies continue to abuse the Ugandan Constitution by blocking the right to assemble by Ugandans in a bid to protect the interests of a junta regime. We shall continue to defy all unlawful orders given to some of these junior naive Security officers by the rogue regime,” a party statement reads in part.
Police had to use force to quell the raged FDC supporters who were against security measurements put in place to restrict their assembly.
Ahead of the 2021 elections, police have been in the spotlight for banning consultative meetings organized by Opposition players.
Early this month, police blocked two meetings organised by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, first in Kasangati, Wakiso District on Monday and another which was scheduled in Gulu District.