Police fires teargas, detains Kato Lubwama, Kivumbi

Kato Lubwama Lubaga South MP at Lorry Park in Natete trading center [URN Photo]

Police on Thursday arrested and detained Rubaga South MP Kato Lubwama and Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi while trying to consult people on age limit bill in Nateete, outside Kampala.

Police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse Lubwama’s supporters who had gathered at Lorry Park in Nateete along Nakawuka road.

The MP was scheduled to welcome his colleague and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana.

The legislators had gone to consult the people on the proposed removal of article 102 (b) from the constitution to allow president Museveni stand in 2021.

Police drive away Lubwama’s supporters

According to a directive by Asumani Mugyeni, the Director of Operations Uganda Police Force to all Regional Police Commanders, District Police Commander and Officers in Charge of Police Station, MPs are not allowed to consult jointly but individually.

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Lubwama, Kivumbi and Ssewanyana went against the directive only to be blocked by teargas trucks.

In Nateete, police employed stick-wielding goons who beat up and dispersed Lubwama’s supporters.

The Leader of Opposition, Winnie Kiiza, drove away when the situation turned chaotic.

MP Kivumbi was intercepted in Kyengera in Busiro East constituency, arrested and locked away while police broke his meeting with bullets and teargas.

Natete Lorry Park where Kato Lubwama was holding a consultation deserted after police fired live bullets and teargas [URN photo]