NRM diehards beat, arrest DP fans for rejecting age limit

NRM youths Clash with DP members Over Age Limit [URN photo]

The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] supporters who support the lifting of the age limit attacked and beat up members of the Democratic Party [DP] who are opposed to the bill that will prolong President Yoweri Museveni’s stay in power.

The incident happened on Tuesday in Kinoni Town Council Lwengo District, according to Hakim Kizza, who heads the DP campaign opposed to amending the constitution.

DP members held a consultative meeting in Kikenene village in Kisekka Sub County where they sensitized residents about the dangers of scrapping article 102(b) of the constitution, which restricts the president’s age to be between 35 and 75 years.

The campaign is in response to the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2017 that was laid in parliament by the Igara West Member of Parliament Raphael Magyezi seeking to amend the article to scrap the presidential age limit.

Kiiza says the NRM pro-age limit group ambushed them along Masaka road, beat them up and later dragged them to a police station where they were detained.

He said the group was mobilised by supporters of Bukoto South Member of Parliament, Muyanja Mbabaali, who are spreading lies that the constituency has embraced the age limit bill.

The Southern Regional Police spokesman, Lameck Kigozi, told Daily Monitor the group demonstrated without getting police permission.

“Nobody will be allowed to cause chaos by opposing the lifting of the age limit,” he said, promising to investigate the beatings.

Bishop warns police 

Meanwhile, the Bishop of Kasana Luwero, Paul Ssemwogerere, has asked the police to exercise caution when arresting people dressed in red, saying it is just a colour like any other.

The colour red has been associated with Red Tuesday civil disobedience protests which are staged by opposition and members of the public opposed to the age limit bill.

While preaching at Kisubi Mapeera Secondary School off Entebbe Road in Wakiso district on Friday, the bishop said police can’t start arresting anyone because they are dressed in red colour clothes.

“People have freedom to dress in the colour they want, as long as they keep law and order,” he is quoted by the state-run New Vision as saying.

The man of God concluded that if police makes blanket arrests of all those dressed in red, it will create an impression that the country is under tension, whereas not.