MP Zaake Return: Police Issues Tough Guidelines
Police Bans Processions; Only Zaake Family Members Allowed at Entebbe; MP to be Escorted Home
Uganda Police Force has issued tough guidelines ahead of the return of Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi from India.
Zaake had flown to India for treatment after sustaining injuries from the August 13 violence in Arua Municipality byelection.
According to a social media statement issued Tuesday, Zaake is expected back in Uganda on Thursday.
In a statement issued by deputy Uganda Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango Wednesday evening, the force had obtained “intelligence that some are being mobilized to go to Entebbe International Airport to welcome him in processions that require police intervention”.
Onyango argued that such marches flout guidelines provided for under the Public Order Management Act (Poma) 2013.
“We have not received any notifications from the organizers of these processions,” said Onyango.
“As a result, they are unlawful and would disrupt normal business activities, including movement of people to and from the airport.”
Police Guidelines on MP Francis Zaake Return
Police says only MP Zaake’s family members will be allowed to receive him at Entebbe International Airport.
Security officers will then escort him from the airport to his home.
This is exactly how security organs welcomed Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine from the US where he had gone to seek support for his People Power Movement.
For emphasis, Onyango added: “There shall be no unlawful rallies, processions and assemblies… The organizers of the Honorable’s return are expected to comply with the traffic laws and regulation.”