Buganda kingdom has commented on the political ongoings in the country appealing for political players to handle issues to do with the constitution with caution. The kingdom has also showed concern over the suppress of people’s rights to express themselves, warning that this could escalate the already rising tension.
These comments come two days after Members of Parliament opposed to the proposed removal of the constitutional Presidential age limit engaged in a brawl with security operatives. The MPs fought in defiance to an order by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to vacate the plenary following their suspension for misconduct.
Buganda kingdom Katikkiro (Prime Minister) Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga in a statement released on Friday said; “The kingdom is watching the developments taking place in the country especially with regards to what took place in Parliament two days ago with great anxiety.”
The Katikkiro said that constitutional matters affect all Ugandans including those in Buganda in reference to the uncertainty that such political tensions create.
“We call for extreme caution regarding the way constitutional matters are handled in order to avoid tensions and consequent conflicts,” the statement read.
In regard to the arresting of protesters including several political figures earlier this week, Katikkiro Mayiga said; “All Ugandans whether they support or oppose any constitutional amendments have the constitutional and legal right to express their views without being hindered, intimidated of arrested.”
He sympathized with those injured during the fight in Parliament.