By Yosam Gucwaki
Security operatives in Masindi district have blocked the former Leader of Opposition also Kasese district woman member of parliament Winnie Kiiza from addressing women leaders who had been drawn from the two Sub Counties of Budongo and Kimengo.
The meeting which was organized by Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWED) at education hall in Masindi town was stopped by the Resident district Commissioner Masindi Godfrey Nyakahuma and the OC operations Sirusa Besimbire at around 10:30 am.
The RDC argued that it was an illegal assembly and he would not allow such a meeting to continue hence calling it off. The meeting had been attended by over 40 participants including; women councilors from the two sub counties of Kimengo and Budongo and the district female councilors.
Maureen Kyomuhendo the field officer FOWED Masindi branch noted that the objective of the meeting was to build the womens capacity and to equip them with knowledge on how they can develop themselves adding that the training was not political at all.
She added that they wrote to the RDC in time and copied to the District Internal Security Officer and District Police Commander notifying them of the activity wondering why the RDC never read through their notification.
She said that FOWED signed a memorandum of understanding with Masindi district local government seven years back and they have been operating peacefully saying that they are surprised to see security operatives coming out now to antagonize them.
Addressing journalists shortly after being stopped from addressing the women, Kiiza noted that she had not come to Masindi for political reasons but came after she was invited to train women on how they can move forward adding that she is also a member of Forum of women in democracy.
She said that she is not happy with the way women are being handled in Uganda explaining that how can the RDC come out and disorganize women who are in the budget cycle planning for themselves.
By press time, the women who had turned up for training were soliciting signatures to petition parliament over the RDCs act.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website