FDC to Take Defiance Campaign Prayers to Churches

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However FDC party President Maj Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu told a press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala that the prayers will not stop despite the court order. He describes the order as extraneous.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party plans to take the weekly defiance campaign prayers to Churches and Mosques.

The decision follows an order issued by Constitutional Court Judge Steven Kavuma on Friday. In the order, justice Kavuma banned the ‘Free my Vote' defiance campaign declared by FDC protesting the outcome of the February 18 presidential election. The prayers started in March, 2016.

Justice Kavuma also issued an interim order stopping Besigye and FDC party  from holding planned peaceful demonstrations at Nakivubo Blue Primary School in Kampala and other parts of the country on May 5.

However FDC party President Maj Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu told a press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala that the prayers will not stop despite the court order. He describes the order as extraneous.

Muntu adds that the party has not yet received the official court order and will, as such, proceed with its planned activities. However, he adds, if the ban is effected, party members will seek solace in the gazetted places of worship.
 
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Rev Canon Grace Kaiso, the Executive Secretary of Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) says party members cannot be stopped from praying in the churches because the structures do not belong to government.  He says Churches belong to all believers regardless of their political affiliation.

However,  the Deputy Police spokesperson Polly Namaye says deployment has been effected  sin different parts of the country to stop any activities intended to disrupt the May 12 swearing in ceremony of the President-elect Yoweri Museveni.

Namaye says they don't expect FDC and Besigye in particular to defy the order.
 
 

 

 

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