DP’s Mao arrested over age limit protest

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DP members being arrested in Kampala

Democratic Party president general, Norbert Mao, has been arrested in a demonstration against the proposed removal of the age limit clause from the constitution.

Mao had led several DP members to the city centre in ‘Togikwatako’ (Hands Off the Constitution) campaign launched at the party headquarters.

While trying to march to city square to hang their campaign banner, Mao and his colleagues were intercepted and arrested by police led by Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) commander, Frank Mwesigwa.

Mao, DP party secretary general, Dr. Gerald Siranda, UYD’s Kizza Hakim, Mapeera Lawrence, Jeff Zimbe, Sam Male and Segawa Baker were all bundled onto the police van and whisked away.

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) were planning to collect signatures of Ugandans against the lifting of the age limit today.

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A circular issued by Mao, the members were to move to the Constitutional Square to collect signatures of Ugandans that are against the Constitution amendment.

DP president Norbert Mao has been arrested

While launching the campaign at party head offices at City House earlier, Mao said they were embarking on a countrywide mobilisation exercise to sensitise the masses on the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017.

“Museveni knows how to keep changing his political statements whenever it suits him,” Mao told press while responding to Museveni’s claim that he doesn’t know anything about the proposal to scrap the presidential age limit.

He recalled how Museveni had told the public that his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba would not join the army but later rose him up from a Local Defence Unit cadre to Presidential Guard Brigade [PGB], then Special Forces Command [SFC] and now a Major General also security advisor.

Mao is convinced Museveni is aware of the moves by National Resistance Movement [NRM] party members to install him once more as a president in 2021 elections.

Mao later posted pictures of the ugly arrest scenes, saying: “Arrested for launching campaign against Land and Age Limit Amendments. Our spirits and resolve are strong.”

He added: “The police should not manhandle our people who are constitutionally mandated to exercise their rights. Ugandans join us in the struggle.”

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