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Opposition to Meet Gen Aronda On Electoral Reforms

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dosage http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sso.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The team led by top opposition leaders Gen Mugisha Muntu (FDC) Norbert Mao (DP), information pills http://cmd-kenya.org/institute/wp-includes/cache.php Olara Otunnu (UPC) informed press on Monday that they had sought the urgent meeting with the General last Thursday but were yet to get response.


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The campaign which was successfully launched at Makerere University saw uninterrupted outreaches in the towns of Bushenyi, Mbarara, Jinja, Masaka and Tororo.


It, however, faced hostile police resistance in Mbale, Soroti, Kabale, and Kasese, where some of the campaigners were bundled and locked up in cells, while two radio stations that hosted them were closed down.


“From our futile rallies in Kabale, we reached in Kasese only to find that our local organizers there were being refunded their money which they had paid to rent 3 grounds on which we were to hold the meetings,” said FDC president Gen Mugisha Muntu.


Fortunately, we had arranged for a midday radio talk-show, which we held with local MPs. But 25 minutes into the program, police stormed the station and shut down everything.”


“We had planned other private meetings including a courtesy call to the Omusinga if Rwenzuru, but police made it impossible, warning to arrest anyone that takes part.”


While police claims it had not been informed about the planned rallies, the leaders insist the Internal Affairs Minister was informed, in a letter which was also copied to the IGP.


“Even at local level, all our organising committees had personally met with the area regional police commanders, availing them with each detail about the campaign,” said UPC’s Olara Otunnu, at a press conference held in Najjanankumbi this morning.


Police this evening, however, came and denied ‘involvement in any scheme to prevent people who would like to associate and express their views on any matter.


Police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, said in a statement that the meetings that have been organised in the said towns had several distinguishing characteristics.


“In some of the meetings the police were duly informed while in others the Police was not informed at all. In Mbarara for instance where the Police was informed the meetings proceeded very well. In other areas such as Soroti, Mbale, Kabale and Kasese where the Police were not informed the meetings could not take place.”


She added: “The reason why the organisers were prevented from accessing the radio stations is because the purpose was to organise and mobilize for the attendance of meetings which were in their nature illegal since their preparation had not followed the procedure in the law.”


Meanwhile, the activists have vowed to proceed with the programme in all the remaining sections of the county.


“In the next leg we will be heading to the districts of Nebbi, Arua, Gulu, Kitgum and Lira,” noted Gen Muntu.

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