Two people have been rushed to hospital after police used teargas and live bullets to dispersed a Togikwatako consultative rally in Kasubi, Rubaga Division, in Kampala.
Togikwatako, loosely translated as don’t dare touch it, is the rallying slogan for Ugandans opposed to the amendment of the Constitution to scrap the age limit cap.
The rally that was organised by Lubaga North MP, Mr Moses Kasibante, to sensitise the electorate about the need not to amend Article 102 (b) of the Constitution that bars people who are over 75 years from contesting for presidency.
Speaker after speaker said the move by Mr Magyezi, the Igara West MP, who tabled the controversial bill to delete the article and supported by some NRM MPs, is intended to pave way for President Yoweri Museveni's “life presidency” and therefore, should be opposed.
Immediately after Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago took to the podium, a commotion ensued as police officers blocked the road near the rally venue opposite Kasubi Tombs.
In the ensuing melee, police fired teargas. One person was injured in the face and another on the right leg.
Most of the MPs, councillors and other politcians took off as police officers relentlessly fired bullets and teargas. The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Ms Winfred Kiiza and a few MPs endured the teargas.
Her aides shielded to withstand tear gas that engulfed the venue.
Kampala Deputy Lord Mayor, Ms Sarak Kanyike fainted and was rushed to hospital.
Credit: Daily Monitor Uganda