RESPECT YOURSELF FIRST: OFFICERS FIRE BACK AT MP SSEWANYANA, SUPPORTERS’ CALL FOR DIGNIFIED ARREST
By Mulengera Reporter
Attempts by Makindye West MP Allan Aloizious Ssewanyana and his supporters to protest the manner in which the youthful legislator was arrested fell on deaf ears on Monday as officers of the Uganda Police Force’s Environment Unit and National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) shoved the lawmaker into a car and drove him away.
Ssewanyana was bundled into a NEMA vehicle after he refused to comply with orders to get into the car during his arrest at Kyengeza in Munyonyo. His supporters told officers not to manhandle their MP in a manner akin to that common in the arrest of chicken thieves, but the tough-speaking men in uniform challenged Ssewanyana to first conduct himself in a noble manner before he can demand the same from others.
NEMA has demolished structures erected on lake shores in violation of environmental protection guidelines in Makindye Division and other areas. On Monday, Ssewanyana had started a tour of the areas where NEMA pulled down structures in enforcement of President Yoweri Museveni’s orders (See: MUSEVENI ORDERS MINISTERS MAGYEZI, CHEPTORIS TO FIRE INCOMPETENT GOMBOLOLA CHIEFS, CHASE ALL ENCROACHERS OFF WETLANDS).
MP Ssewanyana was arrested for reportedly inciting violence after he challenged the affected ‘encroachers’ not to “just sit back as police demolishes your structures… in a way that we as leaders are not informed.”
More demolitions are expected as NEMA moves to rid wetlands of encroachers in an exercise that could affect over 10,000 according to authorities. On Sunday, demolitions were made in Kyengera and Lubigi and more were expected on Monday.
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