UGANDAN POLICE REFUTE REPORTS IT HAS BANNED DEBETAE ON BID TO LIFT PRESIDENTIAL AGE LIMIT

KAMPALA, The Uganda Police Force has dissociated itself from reports that it has slapped a ban on debate on the alleged impending bid to lift the presidential age limit to allow candidates above 75 years of age to contest for the highest office in the land.

In a statement released here Sunday, Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye said any report suggesting this was malicious and only intended to paint the force and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura in bad light.

On Friday, a local publication reported that it spoke with Kayihura, who indicated he had banned the debate in universities. It further indicated that Kayihura had alerted all police contingent commanders across the country to deal sternly with anybody discussing the issue of presidential age limit in schools, villages, and public places. The report said Kayihura had stated that such as debate could only take place in Parliament.

Kasingye said: We reject those assertions as wrong ..... the IGP did not use those words as alleged. As an officer who upholds and observes the rule of law in this country, he did not give any order or instruction to any of his officers to ban public debates in universities as alleged.

In addition, the police are well aware that universities and tertiary institutions are learning environments, where open and robust expressive activities are highly promoted. We do encourage universities to continue facilitating openly such expressive activities with total respect to the law."

The development comes at the time when there is heightened suspicion that some individuals want to file a petition in Parliament to amend article 102 (b) of the Uganda Constitution which puts a cap on presidential age at 75. If the amendment is successful, President Yoweri Museveni, who is 72, would legally be able to run again in 2021.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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