The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, has described as “stupid” a police order stopping joint consultative meetings by Members of Parliament on the proposal to amend Article 102 (b) of the Constitution
Daily Monitor quoted an October 16 message to all police stations and units across the country, Asuman Mugenyi, the director operations, saying MPs are supposed to only to consult in their constituencies to seek the views of their electorate.
According to the message, Mugenyi directed Regional Police Commanders, District Police Commanders and Officers in charge of stations to ensure that the MPs strictly consult in their constituencies only.
“Those MPs moving or intending to move in order to support counterparts or consult outside their constituencies must be stopped,” he said.
He banned all illegal demonstrations, illegal processions, inciting violence, use of hate campaigns, use of abusive language, acts of hooliganism of any sort and intimidation of persons perceived to be supporting the removal of age limit.
Addressing press on Wednesday, Kiiza trashed the directive as “stupid” saying the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, herself asked the legislators to go out and consult the people.
Speaking at the same press conference, Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi described the directive as “absolutely absurd”.
He said it was regrettable that police is defying the Speaker’s directive.
“You can’t fight idea whose time has come,” he said.
Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante, in his turn, accused police chief Kale Kayihura, of trying to usurp the powers of the speaker.
Kasibante organised the Tuesday rally in Kasubi that was disrupted by police that fired teargas at a peaceful gathering sending some people to the hospital including Kampala deputy mayor, Sarah Kanyike.
“IGP Kale Kayihura is trying to usurp the powers of the Speaker by trying to guide MPs on how to do their work,” Kasibante told press.
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