Angry local government leaders on Saturday nearly lynched the minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Maj Gen. Kahinda Otafiire.
The ugly scenes happened at Namboole stadium where over 1200 District and LC3 Chairpersons had gathered under their umbrella body Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA).
Otafiire showed up for the meeting saying he was representing President Yoweri Museveni, a development the leaders rejected.
While they were meeting to discuss with the president low salaries and insufficient funding, Otafiire in a great miscalculation asked them to support the removal of the age limit being proposed by NRM members.
Murmurs broke out and spread as some insults were hurled at him.
Rose Gertrude, ULGA secretary general, accused Otafiire of trying to hijack their meeting with his talk on abrogating the constitution and supporting Museveni’s return in 2021.
Some leaders immediately stood up, waving their fists in anger and heckled Otafiire.
When Otafiire insisted on addressing them, they protested and some threw water bottles pouring it on him to express their discontent.
It was Lwengo District chairperson also ULGA president, Godfrey Mutabazi, who intervened to save Otafiire the embarrassment only to be told he would be beaten up as well.
They then drove Otafiire out of Namboole stadium. The minister was seen dejectedly walking out and pretending to talk on phone so as to minimise the shame.
Police quickly intervened and arrested Solomon Okecho, Lobongo Sub-county chairperson Tororo District and Michael Onsinya, LC3 chairperson Namayingo District.
But leaders were not done yet, they now surrounded police and demanded the release of their colleagues or else face a heavy beating.
The officers complied and released the chairpersons.
Earlier, Otafiire had told the judiciary: “I’m a minister for all of you-Judiciary, DPP, LDC, Human Rights, the Lawyers. I want to fight for all of you.”
“Imposing a timeline is a good thing. Whether the timeline will work is another,” he noted, adding, “Government will do everything it can to at least provide a car for every judicial officer.”