Med Kaggwa, the Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC has criticised the heavy security deployment in the city, saying it is meant to intimidate citizens. Kaggwa notes that the heavy security deployment in various places in the city at a time when there are disagreements on whether or not to amend the constitution isn’t good.
“We have seen people who are pro government having their peaceful matches but those opposing the amendment of article 102 clause b have most of the times been arrested, ” Kaggwa said. He was addressing journalists on Tuesday ahead of the fourth National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights scheduled from September 20 to 21st at Makerere University.
The Commission’s statement follows the deployment of Military Police and regular police around parliament and the city center. Military Police officers have deployed strategically at City square with armored vehicles and the precincts of Parliament.
The deployment comes amidst heightened tension between legislators allied to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party and opposition on the proposed scrapping of article 102(B) from the constitution, which restricts presidential age limit to between 35 and 75 years of age.
Emilian Kayima, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, told URN last evening that there was nothing peculiar with the heavy security deployment. He said MPs shouldn’t be intimidated and should go about their business as usual, adding that police can only come in when there is violence.
Asked whether the deployment is in relation to the age limit debate, Kayima said it was not. But some MPs have expressed displeasure with the deployment. Monica Amoding, the Kumi Municipality MP noted with great concern the level of deployment, saying it is not good for Ugandans to be intimidated on a right cause.
Last week, about 240 NRM legislators endorsed a proposal to repeal article 102(B) to pave way for president, Yoweri Museveni to seek another term of office. The legislators tasked the Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi to seek leave of parliament to present a private member’s bill to repeal the article.