By Mukose Arnold Anthony
Kampala central Police station under the command of DPC Joseph Bakaleke Gwaidho have today morning arrested and detained 17 anti-presidential age limit removal activists including the Makindye West legislator Allan Ssewanya.
These youths attached to THE ALTENATIVES pressure group, we’re putting on a white overall with anti-age limit removal message, megaphones and bells, managed to beat security deployed at city square where they thought the group was going to storm but only to traverse the city from Luwum street, down town to mini price past Nakivubo road until when they reached at Kiseka market where police and military police arrested them from amidst uttering out words encouraging all Ugandans to storm parliament on Thursday a day the NRM MPs are expected to table a motion seeking for leave of parliament to prepare a private members bill to amend article 102b of the constitution which puts the presidential age limit at the age of 75 years in addition to open a presidential free age tag.
The arrests did not spare the makidye west legislator Allan Ssewanyana who was not part of the 14 youths but had gone to rescue 2 social media activists namely Makolo Kavuma and Isaac Mutyaaba who were arrested in the wee hours on allegations of offensive cyber communication and no sooner had Ssewanyana arrived than Bakaleke ordered for his arrested.
Makolo and Mutyaaba were detained in police mobile detention van cells whereas others were in police cells.
Speaking to Ssewanyana in cells he accused police of partisan claiming that police always clears pro-NRM/government activists but when it comes to ant-regime police manhandles them.
When Bakaleke was contacted for a comment on the partisan allegations, he declined to comment though we later spoke to Norman Tumuhibise the national coordinator of the alternatives who was found at their offices claimed to have been broken into by police in the wee hours at MM Plaza Nakasero.
He said that today’s arrest wont deter them from pursuing and protecting the constitution and insists that on Thursday they are storming parliament to block the proposed bill and to continue deploying white angels like those today countrywide.
Speaking to some few Ugandans on the demonstration, they have all supported these youth and warn legislators not to amend the said article.
The youths arrested include Mucunguzi Abel, Atwine Eddy, Agaba Johab, Musoke Eria, Nsereko Nasser, Ssemwanga Jackson, Mutebi Edris, Ntambi Robert, Mubiru Bashil and others who were unidentified by press time.