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Kyadondo East MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda was this afternoon detained at Kira Town Council Police Station, after being violently apprehended at Bweyogerere trading centre, where he had planned to hold a rally.

He was arrested at 2PM at Bweyogerere as he talked to his supporters. Police had deployed heavily in the trading centre and many shops remained closed. Earlier in the morning, Ssemujju had been put under preventive arrest at his home in Kirinya, three kilometers from Bweyogerere.

Police later relented after the MP told them he had to perform his Jumaa prayers at a nearby mosque. His arrest was dramatic and executed violently. In the ensuing scuffle as he tried to resist arrest, the legislator’s jacket was torn before he was carried off the ground by three officers. They bundled him into a waiting police pick up and drove him to Kira Town Council Police Station at break neck speed.

Meanwhile other officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse his supporters who had started throwing stones at them. Ssemujju says that around 9 o’clock this morning, the DPC of Kira went to his house with a letter from Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi. In the letter, Kaweesi said the rally would be permitted unless Ssemujju first wrote to the police.

He would have to submit to the police, for approval, the content of the speech and the names of guests invited. The content of the speech was not, in any way, to be similar to speeches that have been made at previous A4C and 4GC rallies.

Second time unlucky

Ssemujju was previously arrested in on September 25, as he attempted to hold a consultative  rally at Kireka, in Kampala. Then the police said it had banned all rallies and marches because terrorists could use them to disrupt the country’s 50th independence anniversary celebrations, which climaxed on October 9.

Petition

Ssemujju says he recently received a petition from 16 out of 21 councillors at Kira town council, complaining about excessive corruption at the council. The petition is now with Parliament; but Ssemujju says he wanted to report back to his constituents and explain to them why it takes time for Parliaments’ investigations.

“I also wanted to explain to the people the processes involved because some do not know that a lot of money is sent to the council to give them services,” he said.

Ssemujju says when the speaker was sending MPs into recess, she urged them to consult their constituents and return for business on November 3. Now, he argues, his consultation process has been sabotaged by the police

At the time of writing he was still being interrogated but was expected to be released later in the evening.

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Comments

 
+1 #1 Betty Long Cap 2012-10-19 16:21
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and The Observer are ousting the rascal. Do not fall into the same trap again of another neo-colonial military leader who only knows force.

Cry, Freedom!
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+5 #2 Mwanje 2012-10-19 17:19
Hon Ssemujju, let that manhandiling derail you form the cuase. They are temperally and time is about for them to be put before the population to answer.

They wont have anywhere to run to because they denied their origin.
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-3 #3 DENIS 2012-10-19 17:39
The Uganda police force has played a big role in tarnishing the image of the ruling party(NRM).
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2012-10-19 18:07
Life certainly does not seem as normal as your lovely paper seems to imply in that country!
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+5 #5 Chico 2012-10-19 18:54
If they are worried about terrorism, why are they asking about the content of his speech?

It's things like this that spur neutrals into action.

The country is just sliding back to the bad old days.
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+11 #6 steven kasiko 2012-10-19 20:19
I call upon Ugandans to come out and join the struggle for our freedom of expression we should not allow Museveni to undermine our rights.

We things are heading the only option left is use of force to liberate our country
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+4 #7 Betty Long Cap 2012-10-19 21:59
The Ugandan police force and the NRM have a symbiotic relationship.
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-1 #8 Betty Long Cap 2012-10-19 22:19
Quoting Chico:
... why are they asking about the content of his speech?


No surprise, Chico. Ministers in communist controlled Czechoslovakia had to submit sermons two weeks in advance before they could be preached. Every military state practices censorship.
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+3 #9 Jonathan Kalani 2012-10-20 00:12
Police wanted to prevent terror and instead caused terror. I think the police has professional ways of arresting people and dispersing crowds.
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+5 #10 James 2012-10-20 01:17
Semujju: all this will soon end. The Kaweesa's tormenting you are simply condoms being used by this failed regime. They will soon be dumped like others before them. A Police force should be the people.

These thugs don't represent the majority of Ugandans. They are always blurting like parrots about "community policing" & yet they behave like aliens that have come to torment Ugandans. I pity Kaweesa, atleast Kayihura might be able to hide in Kisoro or across the border when the tables turn.
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+5 #11 Katherine 2012-10-20 01:27
This can only buy the dictator a short time but the wind of change is only invisible to fools. This tide of change is unstoppable but people need to comeout and fight for their liberation and not leave it to MPs only.

There's nothing like free lunch you,be got to earn your freedom yourselves otherwise Museveni and co will continue to oppress you!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!
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+1 #12 gustavo 2012-10-20 07:00
Time is coming 4 them & they will re great y there granny come 2 Uganda
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-2 #13 Martin 2012-10-20 10:24
If what is reported in this article is correct, then the Police should sometimes think further before their arrest, especially when you see an SP...+ arresting a person primitively it defeats police standards we talk about; otherwise they are accelerating underdevelopmen t of some sectors and country at large.
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-3 #14 DAVID 2012-10-20 12:50
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
Quoting Chico:
... why are they asking about the content of his speech?


No surprise, Chico. Ministers in communist controlled Czechoslovakia had to submit sermons two weeks in advance before they could be preached. Every military state practices censorship.


I wish to inform Betty that in her 'heavenly' US, censorship takes place to protect her national interests.

A case in point is that at the height of the anti-Gaddafi campaign, the US censured within her territory the Russian media like pravda.ru and rt.com, that where neutralising her propaganda. Should we conclude that she's a military state?
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-4 #15 DAVID 2012-10-20 14:07
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
The Ugandan police force and the NRM have a symbiotic relationship.


The NRM is the ELECTED government of the day and the Uganda Police Force is an instrument charged with keeping law and order under the regulation of the status quo (read the NRM) hence the symbiotic relationship is justified.

Otherwise, did you expect the Uganda Police Force to have a symbiotic relationship with the DP government in the US?
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+2 #16 wodgot 2012-10-20 16:43
Are these the beauties and glamors in President Museveni's politics, which Mov't Gov't has always tries to keep away from attracting International attention?

I can't imgine what goes on in secret Gov't safe-houses!.What makes him think that Uganda's democracy is on track? I wonder how the President keeps carrying his Head up in this shame!.
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+1 #17 turiyo 2012-10-20 22:00
its only God who can intervene and save our motherland from this decadence-as things stand it seems there are no longer standards to follow especially by or so called professionals
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+1 #18 turiyo 2012-10-20 22:00
its only God who can intervene and save our motherland from this decadence-as things stand it seems there are no longer standards to follow especially by or so called professionals
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+2 #19 simon peter 2012-10-21 00:17
Everything has an end. M7's gov't will equally be forgetten just a matter of time.
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-7 #20 Mugisha 2012-10-21 01:09
Semuju you got what you deserved.Job well done Uganda Police.
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