Anti Museveni Protesters Remanded to Prison

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The suspects took to the streets to protest against attempts by government to amend Article 102 of the 1995 Constitution, which puts a ceiling on the age of the person holding the office of the president at 75 years.

Three suspects accused of staging a mock funeral for president, Yoweri Museveni have appeared before Mbarara Grade one Magistrate, Sanyu Mukasa for defamation. The suspects include 20-year-old Abert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Rodgers Asiimwe 26, and Maxi Muhumuza 32, the spokesperson of the defunct Ankole Kingdom.  

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded to Kyamugorani prison up to July 20th, 2017 when they will return for the mention of their case. Prosecution alleged while in Mbarara district on Thursday last week the suspects led a procession with a coffin with an inscription "Rest in Peace Museveni," together with his portrait and that of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Minister General Kahinda Otafiire and several Members of Parliament.

Shortly after the court session, prison warders whisked off the suspects to the court cells. Although the security deployment at the court was normal, the media was blocked from taking the photos of recording the suspects. However, URN observed that Rodgers Asiimwe has a red eye. He told our reporter that he was assaulted by other suspects in the cells at Mbarara Central Police Station where he and his colleagues were held in custody shortly after arrest.

The suspects took to the streets to protest against attempts by government to amend Article 102 of the 1995 Constitution, which puts a ceiling on the age of the person holding the office of the president at 75 years. The protest came at the  backdrop of reports that a section of National Resistance Movement - NRM party legislators have mooted a plan to amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to contest for the presidency in 2021 and that the constitutional amendment bill on the same has already been gazetted.

Under the current provision in Article 102(b) of the constitution, President Museveni would be above 75 years and therefore ineligible to contest for the seat. Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, Museveni will hit 75 in 2019, two years before the general election.



 

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.