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Uganda opposition warned against planned protests
Police in Uganda has warned opposition presidential candidates against holding planned protests in Kampala city.
A group of unsuccessful Ugandan presidential candidates today, Wednesday, announced that with effect from tomorrow they were going to lead protests against the recently held elections, which they say was a sham.
"We shall launch a protest campaign against the sham elections tomorrow in Kampala at 10.00 am. We call upon all Ugandans to join us", said Sam Lubega who read a statement on behalf of his colleagues.
But Uganda deputy police spokesman, Vincent Sekatte, has warned the opposition and members of the general public against holding protests in the city saying that security forces will forcefully disperse the protesters.
"The law says that before any one holds demonstrations he should notify the police. They have not notified us and so we will not allow them to demonstrate," said Sekatte who argues that such protests can easily degenerate into chaos and destruction of property.
Uganda’s president recently warned against protests and threatened to sternly punish those who seek to organize unlawful demonstrations.
Lubega and seven other candidates stood for presidency in the February 18th elections that saw Museveni win his third consecutive presidential term. All seven presidential candidates rejected the results saying the elections were neither free nor fair.