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Besigye Planning Fresh Kampala Protests

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diagnosis http://cotro.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/formatting.php geneva;”>The demonstrations are expected to kick off next week, according to insiders close to the FDC ironman.

The pressure group, Activists for Change (A4C) launched the “Walk to Freedom” protests which temporality disrupted business and normal traffic flow in the city a fortnight ago.

Police would use teargas and also shoot in the air to disperse opposition crowds.

Several activists were held, including Besigye, but later released.

Police subsequently issued a ban on political activities till the end of the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations held at Kololo ceremonial Grounds on October 9.

Besigye, sources say, will resume his “Walk to Freedom” activities to protest against bad leadership and the turbulent economic times the country is facing.

“Yes, the action begins next week. These protests are continual,” said a source.

Speaking to press on October 6, Besigye said police are “dreaming” if they think he could be stopped from leading his supporters in protests aimed at ousting President Yoweri Museveni from power.

“We shall not relent until this government falls. This government must be removed forcefully,” vowed Besigye.

This latest development could spark fears of possible clashes between security forces and opposition activists.

Police boss Lt Gen Kale Kayihura has in the past blamed opposition for fomenting trouble in Kampala with protests with the view to overthrow government.

Speaking to police chiefs from East Africa at a function in Munyonyo, Kayihura said: “How do we maintain the civility of policing in the face of increasingly military like threats in our streets and neighborhoods, a cocktail of so called demonstrators, rioters, suicide, and other armed terrorists?”

“The internet-linked criminality, whether in the form of cyber crime is facilitating all sorts of frauds, or misuse of the social media to misinform, and quickly mobilize groups to cause chaos,” he added.

He also appealed to police chiefs to devise means of controlling what he termed as the “misuse” of social media.

Several pressure groups such as Activists for Change (A4C) run groups on social network Facebook with thousands of members where they exchange views on political trends in the country.

It’s yet unclear whether he was referring to members on such social media groups.

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