Democratic Party leaders in Luweero district have disregarded Police directives to suspend their planned meeting in Wobulenzi town council on Friday this week.
On Tuesday, Erasto Kibirango, the Luweero DP Chairperson wrote to the District Police Commander, Paul Wataka notifying him about their planned party meeting at Valley Inn in Wobulenzi town council.
According to the letter, the suspended DP Party Vice Chairperson for Buganda Region Betty Nambooze, Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga and his Busiro East counterpart, Medard Lubega Ssegona, among others are expected to attend the meeting.
The top DP officials are expected to interact with other party members to discuss how to revival their party structures, proposed reforms and address internal wrangles. On Wednesday, Wataka wrote back to Kibirango advising him to suspend the meeting citing lack of man power to provide security for the participants.
He explained that on the proposed date, his officers will provide security at the graduation ceremony of Bukalasa Agriculture College. Wataka also advised Kibirango to notify the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura and seek clearance from DP headquarters before the meeting is convened.
He told URN this morning that they will not allow the proposed meeting to take place unless the organisers fulfill all the conditions set. However, Kibirango says their meeting will go on as planned, adding that they don't need police protection.
According to Kibiringo, there is no need to seek clearance from their headquarters since the party branch has full powers to convene such a meeting. Emmanuel Nsubuga, the Luweero Town Council DP Chairperson, says mobilising party leaders is ongoing to ensure the meeting takes place.
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The DP leaders in Luweero have until recently been firm supporters of the DP president, Norbert Mao. Mukasa Mbidde, the DP Chairperson, says they are not opposed to meetings intended to streamline and revamp the party structure.
He however, says Nambooze doesn't have powers to call such meetings without clearance from the party Secretary General. On Sunday, police blocked a similar meeting that was scheduled to take place in Masaka at Tropics Inn.
Police clashed with party members leading to the arrest of Mathias Mpuuga, Medard Ssegona, Betty Nambooze and other party leaders and released them shortly after. However, Nambooze sustained injuries on the head after being hit by a rubber bullet. She is currently admitted at Nsambya Hospital.