The police on Friday detained three men in Uganda for staging a mock funeral for President Yoweri Museveni in protest at a plan to remove the presidential age limit of 75 years.
The spokesperson, Samson Kasasira, said, the police arrested the men, including two university students, parading a coffin in the south-western city of Mbarara.
Kasasira said the coffin was topped by a portrait of the president and carried the inscription: “Rest in peace Museveni.”
The three youth have been identified as Albert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of the Ankole kingdom and a one Rodgers Asiimwe, were protesting against the proposed Constitution Amendment Bill.
“The men had gone ahead with the protest in spite of having been denied permission to stage it,’’ Kasasira said, adding that they would be charged with sedition.
The youth who are opposed to this move, bought a coffin and wrote on it “Rest in Peace Museveni”, also plastering the portrait of the President on it ready for burial.
They were quickly apprehended, detained at Mbarara Police Station and charged under file number SD 06/06/07/2017.
Inside the coffin, were names of Otafiire and other Members of Parliament who are thought to be pro-age limit bill.
The arrests followed reports that a faction of ruling party legislators want to change the constitution to remove the presidential age limit of 75 years, which would leave Museveni, 72, ineligible to run for the presidency in the next elections in 2021.
The ruling National Resistance Movement has almost 70 per cent of the seats in parliament.
The file of the arrested has been forwarded to the Mbarara Resident State Attorney who is expected to slap charges of sedition against them.
Critics say Museveni, who has ruled the East African country since 1986, has become increasingly repressive of the freedom of speech.