Tuesday October 18 2011

Walk to work: 15 A4C members facing treason charges

Walk to work: 15 A4C members facing treason charges

IGP Kayihura at the media centre where he announced that 15 A4C members face treason charges.  

By Andrew Bagala

At least 15 members of Activists for Change (A4C) arrested during the weekend maybe facing death after the police preferred charges of treason, the police chief, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura said at the Media Centre.

The 15 A4C members were arrested in different areas including the IPC offices at Katonga Road in Kampala and they are detained at different police stations in Kampala. Treason is punishable by death on conviction.

Gen. Kayihura said they are hunting for Ingrid Turinawe, a Forum for Democratic Change woman leader, on the same charges for making remarks to some A4C members to overthrow the government in the Sunday meeting.

“We have a recording of her. It is a deliberate and well planned plot to overthrow the government. And today we share proof of this with the public. The public should be aware that any act done in furtherance of any such plot is also deemed treason,” Gen. Kayihura said.

The police say that the recording will be availed to the press shortly.

Since April this year, A4C a pressure group protesting the high cost of living has been engaged in walk to work campaign which has led to running battles with security officers.

Although Gen. Kayihura was evasive on whether A4C is a terror group, he said “any person found associating with, or engaging in any acts that are designed to overthrow the government like those being committed by A4C, will be deemed to have committed the same offence as the proponents of the plot”.