Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has distanced himself from reports that he banned the age limit amendment debates in universities.
In a statement issued by Uganda Police on Saturday, the force said: “We strongly reject these assertions by The Observer as false.”
“The IGP did not use those words as alleged by the journalist at any one time and neither did he communicate to anyone on phone,” the statement said.
The Observer of July 14, 2017 published a story which indicated that the IGP had banned any debate on the age limit debate in universities, saying that it should be confined to parliament.
The controversial bill is believed to be in the offing and when considered, it will pave way for the removal of the 75-year age limit for presidential candidates and will allow President Museveni to run again in 2021 when he is past that age.
“The police are well aware that universities and tertiary institutions are learning environments where open and robust expressive activities are highly promoted,” police said in a statement.