Police, under the Counter Terrorism Department has banned attendees wearing clothes with colours that seemingly belong to different political parties and water bottles from courtrooms.
Also affected are any political affiliated objects such as Forum for Democratic Change’s ‘key’.
According to Fred Enanga, the police spokesman the ban takes effect immediately.
Police’s declarations follow Friday’s event in which the Buganda Road court trial magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu was hit by a water bottle after she handed an 18-months sentence to Dr Stella Nyanzi for cyber harassment.
Six suspects were arrested thereafter.
Enanga said such acts will not be repeated in court and go unpunished.
“Police strongly condemns such act of hooligans in our courts because they will put our judicial officials in danger. And I would like to use this opportunity to inform all public attendees that courtrooms are special public forums which draw power and legitimacy from lawful and mutual respect of judicial process, ” Enanga told the press at the police headquarters in Kampala.
He added that police will intervene to stop such acts of hooliganism and political theatrics aimed at purposely distracting judicial process.
Police have also upgraded security at all court premises with visitors and public attendees expected to undergo rigorous screening. Those attending court sessions will encounter another check point to ensure that some objects such as bottled beverages, water bottles and even political slogans on writings are not allowed inside.
Meanwhile, police have retrieved the CCTV footage in and outside the courtroom which is being scrutinized to clearly review the role that was played by each of the six suspects arrested in the aftermath of the bottle throwing.
The suspects are Zainah Abalinabyo, Wandera Simon, Waiswa Abdallah, Kabali Joel, Katumba Wesonga, Ojabirya Augustine were arrested because they were loudly objecting the sentence Kamasanyu gave to Dr Nyanzi.
“We pledge to identify all perpetrators and this we help us to send a very clear message that such actions are punishable,” Enanga said.
The six suspects at hand are being processed for criminal contempt of court and they are expected to appear any time in the court.
“We are also looking at additional charges of assault. We also looking at malicious damage that arose from the courtroom and obstruction of justice and willful obstruction of officers on their duty,” he added.
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