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Age limit: Police raid Action Aid offices

Civil society offices of Action Aid in Kasanga and Great Lakes Institute For Strategic Studies in Ntinda are under police siege with staff not allowed to leave the premises.

Police cordoned off the offices this evening, according to the sworn affidavit sworn before by Makindye Chief Magistrate's court by AIP Henry Peter Walya attached to the Criminal Investigations Department because Action Aid in particular is suspected of being used for elicit transfer of funds for illegal activities.

Police drove in and prevented staff from leaving the premises
Policeman atop a building opposite Action Aid offices in Kasanga

The two NGOs have been vocal against the lifting of the presidential age limit from between 35 years and 75 years from the Constitution.

According to Crispin Kaheru, coordinator of the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy inĀ Uganda (CEDDU), police indicated interest in the IT, Accounts and Country Director's offices. All electronic devices were put under search according to him.

Yesterday, 287 of 296 the National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs voted in support of a motion by Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi seeking leave to present a private member's bill to lift age limit from the Constitution.

Some of Action Aid staff were reportedly dressed in these activism T-shirts calling for the age limit to be maintained in the Constitution.

PROCESSIONS BANNED

In a related development, Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura has banned any processions ahead of the anticipated debate in Parliament over lifting the age limit. Opposition MPs and civil society had called on the citizenry to attend parliament to witness the 'castration' of the Constitution. It is also understood that NRM has also mobolised its supporters to counter any opposition demonstrators.

Kayihura has advised the demonstrators to use other means such as TV and radio networks, indoor meeting, electronic and print media among others to express their support or disapproval.

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+5 #1 Yakubutwaha 2017-09-20 19:29
The constitution is hijacked and so is the whole country.

I guess the so called bush war meant taking us back to the bush instead of liberating us.

What they fought for and all the lives that were lost, was all done in vain. All the good has been erased.
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+8 #2 Phalanch 2017-09-20 20:56
There is no turning back , article 102b has proved to be an elephant , U can't just pull it any how.

And to kayihura in case he is not informed ,
This is not demonstration but A right and our responsibility to RESIST this barbaric and unconstitutional behaviours from sycophants that have lost the sense of direction.

For all we care about is NOT going down with them.
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+1 #3 life president 2017-09-20 22:35
Time ti pick up arms and chase the man out of country.

He understands bullets only.
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+1 #4 Concerned Ugandan 2017-09-20 23:04
Why the paranoia if the removal of the age limit is truly a popular cause?

If all Ugandans are massively in support then surely the actions of two small NGOs should not warrant a reaction akin to the US Navy SEALs raiding Bin Laden's compound!

Even more tragically comical is how much energy and resources go into this sort of 'security' activity while less than an hour's drive away women are being murdered daily while police remains baffled and generally clueless!
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+1 #5 Lakwena 2017-09-21 10:57
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always", (Mahatma Gandhi).

In other words, as day follow night, because they continue to hurt Ugandans, one day Gen Kayihura and Gen M7 and sycophants will inevitably fall. And their family members and next generations will never have peace after they have long gone.
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+1 #6 Lakwena 2017-09-21 11:01
Quoting Phalanch:
There is no turning back , article 102b has proved to be an elephant , U can't just pull it any how.

And to kayihura in case he is not informed ,
This is not demonstration but A right and our responsibility to RESIST this barbaric and unconstitutional behaviours from sycophants that have lost the sense of direction.

For all we care about is NOT going down with them.


In other words Phalanch, it was the Barbarians and Vandals who destroyed Rome! These alien savages have destroyed Uganda.
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