Misleading stories and announcements on the claim that the President has cleared Hon Amama Mbabazi to go on with his Country wide political activities;
The Presidency has noted with concern the misleading reports in form of paid for announcements sent to various electronic media channels and currently running on air, claiming that President Museveni has cleared Hon Amama Mbabazi’s planned country wide political tours aimed at popularising his prospective candidature.
Frank Tumwebaze said the president has mandate to give a go ahead to any political rally
This is to clearly state that those reports are false, misleading and intended to interfere with the lawful work of the authorised agencies.
The duty to regulate public and political gatherings and assemblies is not and has never been the mandate of the President. It’s the duty of the police and not any other. Even the President of Uganda with his constitutional immunity cannot convene a rally in a market or a busy trading street like Kampala Road. He has to be guided by security.
Amama Mbabazi is set to start his consultation meetings in Mbale this Thursday as he prepares for 2016 presidential elections, which he is contesting
That is why before the President visits any place, his security advance team, works in consultation with the police and other security actors on the ground like RDC, to agree on a suitable location that does not compromise the smooth running of other peoples’ businesses. Meaning that the President is also regulated.
President Yoweri Museveni has not cleared Mbabazi as it has been reported in sections of the media
Please treat those reports as totally false and a concoction of those actors looking desperately for public attention
Frank Tumwebaze, MP
Minister in charge of the Presidency and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)