The Democratic Party Vice President in Charge of Western Uganda, Imam Makumbi was detained briefly by Mbarara Police on Thursday afternoon for attempting to stage a procession against the removal of the presidential age limits from the constitution.
Makumbi was picked up from Mbarara town near Easy View Complex and whisked off to Mbarara Central Police Station where he was locked up for close to two hours. He was later released and dropped off at the DP party offices in a Uganda People’s Defense Forces double cabin registration number DO4DF-102.
The Rwizi Region Police Commander, Robert Walugembe, told reporters that, Makumbi was picked up and detained briefly for attempting to stage a procession without police authorization. “We were not informed of any planned DP activities in Mbarara town,” he said.
Shortly after his release, Makumbi said while at the station, he was questioned by Police and UPDF officers led by Col. Fred Karara, the 2nd Division Army Commander and ordered to call off his planned procession.
Makumbi said they will not stop their planned demos against the proposed removal of the age limit from the Uganda Constitution. He told reporters he was waiting for a team of party officials from their head office in Kampala to plan their next course of action.
The anti-presidential age demo comes a day after about 271 legislators belonging Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party endorsed a proposal to amend article 102 (b) of the constitution to remove the presidential age limit.
The article caps the presidential age at between 35 and 75 years. Under the current provision, President Yoweri Museveni would not be eligible to contest for the Presidency in 2021, when Ugandans return to the polls as he will be 77-years-old. Museveni has ruled Uganda for more than 30 years following a coup, which he ushered him into power in February 1986.