Ochola lampooned for stopping women protest

IGP stops a peaceful demonstration by women over murders and kidnaps

The inspector general of police Martin Okoth Ochola has received a lot of criticism over the decision he took that was stopping women from protecting.

Ochola stopped the planned demonstration by women protesters over the rampant spate of murders and kidnaps.

In a letter dated 16thJune from Ochola, the intended demonstration to raise aware cannot take place since the reasons for the demonstration have already been addressed.

“This serves to inform you that the intended demonstration to raise awareness, express displeasure about the spate of killings and kidnaps of women/girls cannot be allowed to go on as scheduled,” a letter dated June 26 signed by John Nuwagira on behalf of the IGP reads in part.

“This is because the reasons raised for the demonstration have all been adequately addressed publicly by the concerned Ministers of Internal Affairs, Security, Defence and Veteran Affairs plus the security chiefs on June 11 in a televised session,” the letter adds.

According to the women, they can’t accept the directive but only protection in their planned peaceful demonstration since they are not satisfied with the government efforts.

On June 13, 2018, women under their umbrella Women’s Protest Working Group in conjunction with Chapter Four Uganda petitioned IGP Martin Okoth Ochola giving him a notice of a peaceful demonstration intended to raise awareness and express displeasure about the recent spate of killings and kidnaps of women and girls.

The match that was estimated to bring on board one million women was slated to take place on June 30 and had gained prominence on social media especially twitter through a hashtag WomensMarchUG.

On June 20, President Yoweri Museveni equally addressed Parliament on the security of the country where he elaborately gave 10 strategies for a sustainable security. Museveni is also today holding another interactive meeting with MPs over the same.




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