Police Block Women’s Day Celebrations In Ndejje TC , Luweero

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Police have blocked women’s day celebrations in Ndejje town council in Luwero district accusing organizers of failing to notify it in advance.

Today women from Local councils in Ndejje town had organized a function to display their craft work and engage in games at Kakute playground in celebration of International Women’s Day.  About 150 women and local leaders had been invited for the event.

The women had invited Brenda Nabukenya the Luwero District Woman Member of Parliament elect to preside over the function.

However, this morning, some of women who had started to gather were told to go back home by organisers after getting a directive from Ndejje Police post not to proceed with the function.

Teddy Nakagulire the Secretary for Women’s affairs at Kakute village who is among the organizers explains that they had bought a temperature gun, sanitizers and masks in compliance for COVID-19 SOPs.

Luwero MPs elect Robert Ssekitoleko, Hassan Kirumira , Denes Ssekabira and Brenda Nabukenya. Organisers allege that Police feared that the MPs may turn up at the function

But she was summoned by Officer in Charge of Ndejje Police post who ordered her to stop the function on grounds that he had got intelligence reports that they had invited leaders of National Unity Platform across the district to attend.

Sarah Nagita, another organizer, says that women had already collected food to cook for event and this has been shared among themselves before they returned home.

Brenda Nabukenya, the Luwero District Woman MP elect has condemned the Police’s action and said it was politically motivated to frustrate her from addressing the women on the challenges facing them.

Nabukenya added that the act also infringed on Women’s right to assemble and associate.

But Isah Ssemwogerere the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson says that the function was stopped because the organizers failed to notify Police in advance.

“ The organisers were supposed to notify Police in advance on the purpose of the function and list of people expected so that Police provides them security which they never did.So we decided to stop the function and advised them to write to us first” Ssemwogerere explained.

Today Uganda joined the world to observe the International Women’s Day and national function was held at State House, Entebbe in observance of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.