Election 2016

Police Foil Mbabazi’s Soroti Rally; UPDF Speaks Out

Police used teargas to disperse supporters of Amama Mbabazi in Soroti [Courtesy Photo]

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Police on Wednesday afternoon unleashed teargas canisters on hundreds of supporters of Independent Presidential aspirant Hon Amama Mbabazi.

Mbabazi was slated to hold a rally at the Soroti Independence square, stuff http://cienciaaldia.com/cienciaaldia.com/wp-includes/general-template.php which was however sealed off by anti riot police earlier in the morning.

The venue was then moved to Soroti Sports ground where the supporters enthusiastically welcomed the presidential aspirant in the afternoon.

Police however intercepted Mbabazi’s procession as he arrived, clinic and told him that the rally was in complete breach of the constitution.

The Regional Police Commander Philip Acayo told Mbabazi that he had orders to disallow the rally, http://chipinhead.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets/wordpress-post-widget.php but the former Premier insisted that the Electoral Commission was acting in disregard of the law.

The EC deems Mbabazi’s meetings as open election campaigns, and not the constitutional consultative meetings.

Anti riot police then cordoned off the grounds, which incensed the supporters. These started hurling stones at the police which in turn scattered them with teargas.

Mbabazi in the meantime sat safely at a distance, while a huge circle of supporters protected him from Police.

In a while when the teargas subsided, Mbabazi addressed his supporters briefly, telling them that government would not succeed in suppressing his idea.

Mbabazi noted that most people had misinterpreted his long silence as lack of support, adding that that when he came out in June this year to make his declaration, most of his enemies were caught off guard.

He then called off the rally and proceeded to the Soroti Lions Club where he addressed a closed consultative meeting.

Earlier in the day there were unprecedented sights of UPDF jets flying over eastern town of Soroti, much to the dismay of the locals.

The UPDF has however come out to clarify that the MiGs were not there to interfere with Mbabazi’s rally.

“Jets flying in Soroti are on a routine training exercise, not connected to Rt Hon Mbabazi’s presence,” clarified the army spokesperson Col Paddy Ankunda.

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