A4C KOLOLO RALLY: Security Water-Tight In Kampala
Police and other security organs have deployed heavily Thursday in Kampala to block a political rally organized by banned opposition pressure group Activists for Change (A4C).
Hundreds of Anti-riot police personnel and military police have sealed off all entry points to Kololo ceremonial grounds where the rally was scheduled to take place.
Chimp Corps in the field say the Kamokya-Kololo entry point is manned by several anti-riot personnel. All the access points to the grounds are under tight security.
At Kiira Road Police station, security forces are on standby with batons, shields, teargas canisters and A4 47 guns.
In volatile suburbs of Wandegeya, Bwaise, Kasubi, Makindye, Nateete and Kireka security is water-tight.
Hundreds of police patrol trucks are patrolling the entire city to avert violence.
All open public places especially city square, Katwe Grounds and roundabouts have been sealed off by police.
In the meantime, police is closing in on top opposition leaders with Ingrid Turinawe as the latest victim.
The march to Kololo is expected to kick off from IPC’s office along Katonga Road in Nakasero, Kampala.
Police besieged the entire office moments after Col. Kizza Besigye’s arrival. Top opposition leaders are camped at the office drawing a plan of today’s gathering.
IPC Coordinator Kalinge Nyango says the demonstration at Kololo is unstoppable.
“There will be an exhibition of photographs on police brutality and testimonies of victims of police brutality over the years at Kololo Independence Grounds today Thursday April 5 starting 12m.”
Despite being banned and the group labeled an “unlawful society” by Attorney General Peter Nyombi on Wednesday, A4C coordinator Mathias Mpuuga responded by calling on all opposition supporters to defy the ban.
“A4C is going to embark on a nation-wide campaign to draw the attention of all concerned to the state our country, and the “Maria Antonette’s” of this world that while they have beef to spare for their dogs, some Ugandans out there cannot afford salt---but most importantly, we want to make it clear to all that while we are presenting these ills for all to listen and reflect; we shall not wait to see Ugandans starve to death.”
Mpuuga further warned: “We are not here to make lamentations, we are here to sound a firm warning; we shall not abdicate of our responsibility to this country’s motto, and the spirit of our National Constitution, that puts emphasis on justice and fairness in such moments.”
He said in the coming few days, all stakeholders in this endeavour were going to lead a national-wide campaign with a series of activities including Walk to pray and walk to work campaign, national rally at Kololo, regional activities, including but not limited to public rallies.”
Clashes between security forces and Besigye supporters are hugely expected any time from now.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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