Police Blocks Museveni's Birthday Party

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Recently, DP youths under Uganda Young Democrats –UYD announced plans to celebrate Museveni’s birthday on Tuesday next week in Masaka.

Masaka police has refused to grant Democratic Party youths permission to celebrate the 75th birthday of President Yoweri Museveni at the Mayor’s garden. Recently, DP youths under Uganda Young Democrats –UYD announced plans to celebrate Museveni’s birthday on Tuesday next week in Masaka. They claim that Museveni was born on December 4, 1937, which makes him 75 years of age as opposed to the known 67 years. Last week, the activists wrote to police and Masaka resident district commissioner seeking permission and protection during the birthday party.

Paddy Kiganda, the DP youth chairperson Masaka wing says that they wrote to police asking for protection to avoid confrontation like the case last year. Kiganda says that they have also written to the president asking him to preside over the birthday celebrations. He explains that they want to celebrate the birthday to help members of the public to make an informed decision and block Museveni from contesting again because he is passed the constitutional age limit. Kiganda claims that the DP research team consulted elders and verified President Museveni’s academic documents at Dar es Salaam and Ntale School, which show that he was born in 1937.

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However, police has dismissed the proposed birthday celebration as illegal, on the grounds that the DP youths have no mandate to organize it. Simon Peter Wafana, the Southern Region Police Commander says that they will only allow the DP youths to celebrate the brith day of Norbert Mao, their party president. He insists that it is only NRM supporters, state house or members of the first family who have a right to throw a birthday party for Museveni.

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Jamil Mirende, a DP supporter in Masaka says they will go ahead with the Birth Day Party with or without the police permission. He says they have fulfilled their obligation by notifying police in writing about their activity.

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State house has not yet commented on the planned birthday party for Museveni, as Tamale Mirundi, the president’s press secretary could neither pick nor return calls from our reporter. On December 4 2011, police foiled an attempt by DP youths to celebrate the birthday of president Museveni at the constitutional square. Police also arrested Brenda Nabukenya, the then UYD leaders and confiscated several gifts and cakes that had been prepared for the party.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.