Police in Kayunga District have blocked prayers organised by the Democratic Party (DP) leaders in memory of more than 20 people killed during the 2009 Buganda riots.
Addressing the press in Kayunga Town yesterday, the District Police Commander, Mr Johnson Kiconco, said they would not allow the prayers to go on.
“Their intention is to open old wounds. There are churches and mosques, let them go and hold their prayers there,” Mr Kiconco said adding:, “We shall not tolerate that.”
DP leaders in Kayunga District told the press on Monday they would hold prayers on Wednesday [today] at SSezibwa Bridge, the spot where the then Katiikiro of Buganda,Mr JB Walusimbi, was blocked from accessing Kayunga ahead of the Kabaka’s visit to commemorate the Buganda youth day.
However, Mr Ponsiano Musisi, the DP deputy organising secretary, yesterday told Daily Monitor the prayers would be help, saying they did not need police permission to hold prayers.
Yesterday [September 9] marked five years since riots broke out in much of the central region, as supporters of Buganda Kingdom challenged government to explain why it had blocked the Kabaka from visiting an area within his kingdom.
Mr Anthony Wadimba, the Kayunga District Uganda Young Democrats, however, dismissed the threats by the police, saying “preparations for the prayers were in high gear”.
“The Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, will be the chief celebrant and many other big wigs are expected to attend,” he said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor