Police Stops Besigye Rallies in Teso

Dr Kizza Besigye

By John Ogulei

The East Kyoga Police headed by the Regional Police Commander (RPC) Francis Tumwesigye has confirmed that they will not be allowing the four time Presidential Candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye to hold any rally in Teso Sub region as planned by the party leadership.

Besigye was scheduled to address rallies in Ngora and Katakwi districts on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

According to the organizing committee headed by Sarah Eperu, find the National Secretary FDC for Women’s league, Besigye was supposed to visit the family of fallen former Soroti Municipality Mp Charles Willy Ekemu at his home in Atapar village, Kapir Sub County in Ngora district before addressing the FDC party members at Koloin Primary School.

In Katakwi district, Besigye was supposed to visit the family of the late Toroma County Mp Cryus Amodoi Imalingat who recently died in a taxi accident and later address the rally in Katakwi town council Katakwi district on Sunday.

Sources said during his addresses to the Famine hit Teso Sub region, Dr. Besigye intended to speak on the current state of economy in the country and also tackle the issue of the controversial Land Amendment Act

On 15th March 2017, police cleared Dr. Besigye to hold rallies in Teso but made an unprecedented U-turn.

According to RPC Tumwesigye they have decided to stop all Besigye rallies because he seemed to change the agenda for his Teso trip.

He said in FDC’s first letter, the party had requested police to allow Kizza Besigye address his people on matters of land and the Country’s State of the Economy but the organizing committee chairperson (Sarah Eperu) later changed the agenda while appearing on the local radio (Veritas FM) saying Dr. Besigye was coming to celebrate women’s day in Ngora.

“The national celebrations were held in Dokolo district and also Ngora district held it’s district celebrations last week. Who is he coming to celebrate his day with? Can the district celebrate women’s day two times? I wonder which kind of leader is he,” Tumwesigye questioned while reading the purported letter sent to him from Police headquarters in Kampala blocking FDC activities.

Meanwhile David Okurut, the former Ngora County FDC candidate said the police simply fear the opposition figure and accused them of acting unprofessionally.

“The police fears Dr. Besigye; they are not professional at all and have turned partisan and are suffering from Besigye phobia,” he said adding that there was no reason for police to deny Dr. Besigye the opportunity to address his supporters in Teso.

The trip would be Besigye’s first in Teso since the February 2016 campaigns.



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