Massive Police Deployment At A4C Namungona Rally
Police have today January 24 deployed heavily in Namungona, a Kampala suburb, ahead of Activists for Change (A4C) political rally.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Felix Kaweesi last night agreed with opposition top shots to change the venue of the political party from Kasubi to Namungona.
Kasubi is an explosive town inhabited by majority of Kampala’s thugs.
As we write this, eight lorries have just poured hundreds of anti-riot police personnel at the venue.
Opposition supporters have started gathering for the rally which is expected to kick off at exactly 2pm.
FDC leader Col. Kizza Besigye will address the crowd on issues that affect them especially inflation and security’s highhandedness in dealing with protestors.
Police and opposition supporters have in the past clashed at political gatherings.
The rally is part of a larger countrywide walk-to-work campaign aimed at removing President Yoweri Museveni from power.
Besigye told Kireka residents last Saturday he would employ all resources at his disposal to oust Museveni before the end of 2012.
Other opposition bigwigs expected at the rally include Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Betty Nambooze, Mathias Mpuuga and Medard Lubebga.
ANNE MUGISHA FOR ACCRA DEBATE
In a related development, FDC Deputy Secretary for International Affairs and A4C coordinator of walk-to-work campaign Anne Mugisha has been contacted to participate at the new BBC Program - BBC Africa Debate in Accra, Ghana on Friday January 27.
The inaugural edition of the new BBC World Service global monthly programme will be held under the theme: “A sub-Saharan African Spring?”
Commenting on the programme's launch from Accra, BBC Africa Current Affairs Editor, Stephane Mayoux, says: "BBC Africa Debate will focus on issues of pan-African as well as global significance. The theme of our very first debate is reform and political transition. Those issues are already being hotly debated across social-media platforms in Africa.”
Mayoux added: “Ghana, with its tradition of pan-Africanism, its media freedom - and its reputation for encouraging political and economic reform in Africa - was an obvious choice as a launch-pad for BBC Africa Debate. We are looking forward to bringing this first edition from Accra."
Prominent Ghanaian politicians, academics, civil society activists, media personalities and students will be among the audience.
They include Dr George Ayittey, Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC who has championed the argument that "Africa is poor because she is not free."
The second panelist is Kuseni Dlamini, South African political analyst, who believes that Africa has already had its spring during the 1990s.
Mugisha is an orator. She is articulate and at sometimes venomous while bashing President Yoweri Museveni’s policies.
The development underlines Britain’s efforts in stimulating debate on political issues with the view of sparking revolutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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