10 DP Supporters Arrested Over Anti-Age Limit Removal Protest

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Swaibu Nsamba, the Katikamu North Forum for Democratic Change party Chairperson, says the arrest is meant to intimidate and silence those opposed to the presidential age limit removal.

Ten Democratic Party (DP) members in Luweero district are in police custody for protesting the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit from the constitution.

The ten were picked up from Wobulenzi and Luweero town councils this morning.

Those arrested from Wobulenzi include Rupia Sseguya, Jane Nansubuga, Zaifa Kabatiza, Muhamadi Suubi and Eric Kisekka. 

Those from Luweero are  Imamculate Katanganza,  the former FDC candidate for the Luweero MP seat,  David Mukiibi,  Julius Bisaso,  Fred Kabonge, Nicholas Ssegawa and Joseph Musingi.
Paul Kangave, the Savannah Region Police Commander, says the opposition activists were picked up for inciting violence and holding unlawful assembly. According to Kangave, the suspects are being held at Luweero Central Police Station.

Erasto Kibirango, the Luweero DP chairperson, dismisses the police claims that the activists were inciting violence, saying they were picked up for wearing the red ribbons. He says although the activists were arrested, they were able to deliver their message opposing the proposed scrapping of presidential terms limits.
Swaibu Nsamba, the Katikamu North Forum for Democratic Change party Chairperson, says the arrest is meant to intimidate and silence those opposed to the proposed amendment of Article 102(b) of the constitution.

He however says they will not stop until parliament discards the proposal. Police has stepped up security in Luweero town council and the FDC offices to stop any further protests.
Bwanika Bbaale, the Luweero District FDC Chairperson, says that the proposed amendment should be stopped because it is intended to benefit President Yoweri Museveni as an individual as opposed to the welfare of all Ugandans. The 73-year-old leader, in power since 1986, would not be eligible to stand for president in 2021 should the current constitutional provision remain as is.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.