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EXCLUSIVE: Gen Kayihura Blocks Mbabazi Meetings

Police boss, Gen Kale Kayihura

Police will not allow Amama Mbabazi to conduct what they described as “illegal” district consultation meetings until the presidential hopeful receives a green light from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) where he is a member and the national Electoral Commission, more about http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/http.php it has emerged.

The latest development raises the possibility of a protracted legal battle considering that Mbabazi’s lawyers maintain he has a right to consult his supporters ahead of the 2016 elections.

The Inspector General of Police, http://cizgisactasarim.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-cookie.php Gen Kale Kayihura said in a June 23 letter to Mbabazi that the former Prime Minister’s planned meetings are not lawful.

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“Your programme of public meetings is not cleared by police and cannot go ahead as you intended until, http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-imagick.php as requested by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, you first harmonise the position in your letter of introduction to the Electoral Commission and that of your party- the NRM,” warned Kayihura.

The police chief further revealed that, “There are other issues relating to the requirements under the Public Order Management Act which I will communicate to you, after you have showed evidence to the police that your intended public meetings are lawful.”

Mbabazi had written to Kayihura, saying his meetings at the district level would commence in July in accordance with the Presidential Elections Act.

Mbabazi, who introduced himself to Gen Kayihura as an “aspiring candidate for president for the 2016 elections,” said he would conduct nation-wide consultations to prepare my nominations.”

In his response, Kayihura said he based his decision to block Mbabazi’s meetings on contents of three correspondences from the Electoral Commission, Attorney General and NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba.

The police boss said he first sought opinion from the Attorney General “for guidance on whether or not the public meetings that you intend to hold are lawful.”

Kayihura added: “In that regard, and as advised by the Attorney General, I had to, first, establish whether, as an aspiring candidate for president for the 2016 elections, you have been sponsored or endorsed by a political party or political organisation or are independent of a political party or political organisation. Note that in your aforementioned letter to me, you were not clear on this matter.”

NRM resistance

Kayihura said he subsequently established from the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission that Mbabazi is aspiring as Presidential candidate under the NRM.

The police official said he further sought and got the position of the NRM.

The ruling party’s Secretary General, Lumumba, responded to the IGP: “Hon Mbabazi’s notice to the National Electoral Commission that he intends to contest for president as an NRM flag-bearer is not only speculative but also illegal.”

She added: “Hon Mbabazi has no Locus Standi to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag-bearer of the NRM political organisation and /or presidential aspirant under the PEA.”

Kayihura said that from NRM’s letter to his office, “It is clear that your (Mbabazi) party has neither sponsored nor endorsed you as an aspirant within the meaning of the NRM constitution and law, and that you have no locus standi to hold public meetings as prospective presidential flag bearer of the NRM Political Organisation and/or presidential aspirant, and that your aspirations are illegal.”

Last week, police arrested several supporters of Amama Mbabazi, on offences related to premature electioneering.

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