Opposition Massive Rally Shakes Arua Town


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UPC President, Dr Olara Otunnu, said that the meetings were not illegal as the police has argued and is demanding that the IGP, Gen Kale Kayihura, investigate what he calls “overzealous officers” who ordered the brutality meted out against them.


“We demand a full investigation into the matter,” Otunnu said.

Addressing the same rally also part of their upcountry campaign pushing for electoral reforms, FDC President, Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, told the crowd in Arua town that the opposition wants electoral reforms so that they can be able to take part in a free and fair process.

“To usher in the change that many Ugandans are calling for, Uganda needs a new set of leaders who must plan for the country to deal with the biting challenges,” pointed out Gen Muntu.

Opposition has so far conducted rallies in some of the major upcountry towns although they have had a challenge of police limiting their gatherings.

In Mbale town, their rally was rocked by teargas leading to the arrest of Civil society and Black Monday activist, Bishop Zac Niringiye.

Crowd listening to the message

“A teargas canister almost blew me into the air, I thought it would kill me,” Zac was to later confess.

Others like Dr Kizza Besigye, Hon Cecilia Ogwal and Mugisha Muntu were dispersed.

The next rally was in Soroti but this one never succeeded too as teargas nearly blew up Desert Island Resort in Soroti town where the opposition members had gathered.

In Kabale, the unexpected happened when Gen Muntu and Bishop Zac were rounded and whisked off to Ntungamo Police Station where they were detained for a night.

Besigye was waved off while Fr Gaetano Batanyenda took the shortest cut possible to avoid spending a night in coolers.

In Kasese, DP president, Norbert Mao was intercepted at Katungulu and prevented from accessing the town while a radio that had hosted Muntu was closed down.

This week, according to reports, police and opposition struck a deal on how to conduct their rallies.

Perhaps, that’s why the Arua rally finally took place without any teargas whizzing in the air.


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