Police okays launch of Mugisha Muntu’s party

Uganda Police Force has okayed the planned official launch of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), a new political party founded by former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu and a host of other former FDC party officials.

 

The former FDC executives announced a breakaway from Uganda’s main opposition party in September last year, months after Muntu lost the presidency to Patrick Oboi Amuriat.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told journalists in Kampala that ANT party leaders had written to the Inspector General of Police in addition to holding meetings where they availed all the requirements for public gatherings in line with the Public Order Management Act (POMA).

He said that the team had finalized modalities on how the entire event will be secured and held as planned.

 

Muntu announced last week that the new party will be launched on May 22 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

 

Police said that the Kampala Metropolitan police team has already been instructed to secure the event and assured participants of security.

“We held consultations with ANT team organizing the event and we want to assure participants of their safety. Territorial police at Kampala Metropolitan is ready for this event,” Enanga said.

Enanga said police prepared to protect any gatherings organized by individuals and organizations provided they are within the laws that govern public gatherings.

“We do welcome all individuals and organizations and ask them to harmonize with police and work with the laws,” Enanga said.

Police have blocked more than five meetings organized by the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC in the last one month. They’ve also blocked 124 music concerts of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine since 2017.