Police Warns Public Against Defiance Campaign

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Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson, urges FDC to respect the order issued by the constitutional court order issued by Justice Stephen Kavuma banning the defiance campaign.

Police have warned members of the public against participating in the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party campaign, saying they risk being prosecuted for participating in unlawful assembly.


According to Police, despite the fact that FDC has sent in a request for security ahead of their planned demonstrations on 5th May and plan to swear in Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC presidential candidate on May 11th, both activities are unlawful.
 
 
Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson, urges FDC to respect the order issued by the constitutional court order issued by Justice Stephen Kavuma banning the defiance campaign.
 

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Namaye says they have deployed heavily to monitor each and every activity of the party to ensure none of the banned activities take place. She also warns idlers and FDC supporters against trailing Besigye, saying the law will catch up with them.
 
 
Justine Magezi, a resident of Naguru and FDC supporter, says it is unfair to block people from associating with Besigye and FDC party activities yet police provides protection to NRN supporters.
 
He asks Police to allow FDC to hold its activities and ensure peace. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the FDC party spokesperson, told URN that she didn't have time to comment on police statements.
  

 

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