By Watchdog reporter
Uganda Police Force has denied claims by the Observer newspaper alleging that the Inspector General of Police(IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura banned the controversial age limit debate from schools or villages.
Early this week, the Observer wrote “Kayihura ‘bans’ age limit debate in universities” on its front page and it further indicated on page 4 that said “Age limit debate is strictly in Parliament, but not in schools or villages. It is supposed to be debated in Parliament and should be among MPs.
Police has regarded the assertions by the publication as false.
“The IGP did not use those words as alleged by the journalist at any one time and neither did he communicate to anyone on phone. Therefore, as an officer who upholds and observes rule of law in this country, he did not give any orders or instructions to any of his officers to ban public debates in Universities as alleged, ” said Asan Kasingye, Police spokesperson.
“The police are well aware that universities and tertiary institutions are learning environments where open and robust expressive activities are highly promoted. We do encourage universities to continue facilitating openly such expressive activities with total respect to the law,” he added.