Uganda police has re-echoed it's warning to all individual actors and political groups, against holding processions, rallies and assemblies during nominations for Presidential Candidates on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020, due to the high risks they impose on public health and safety.
"Despite the guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission, which are very clear, we continue to obtain intelligence on arrangements by a few political actors, to hold unauthorized processions, rallies and assemblies. We have taken note of their adverts and publicity drives declaring such intentions" Fred Enanga the police spokesperson says.
Enanga noted that while they respect the rights of all Ugandans to assemble, they must also respect the solemn responsibility of the Law Enforcement Agencies, to protect the public, amidst the threat of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
"We all know, that acts of defiance, have the potential to the use, or the threat of using violence, such as blocking roads, burning tyres, hurling petrol bombs, pelting stores at law enforcement personnel, looting property, and malicious damage" he added.
He therefore warned all intending participants and other members of the public, not to join these unauthorized processions and assemblies. Simply because, the organisers cannot guarantee, that violence will not erupt, or further guarantee the safety of participants, against exposure to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"As a precaution, we have deployed sufficient manpower to combat any unlawful acts. We are going to disrupt certain activities and movements during the nominations. Some disruptions will be overt, others covert including areas like; traffic road junctions, lodges, bodabodas stages, garages, taxi stages. In addition, we shall implement several vehicle checkpoints throughout the KMP area" Enanga's noted.
He now says the Joint Task Force will take very resolute enforcement action in strict accordance with the law against any illegal acts, in order to promote rule of law, protect public order and public safety.