Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has lined up a team of 35 lawyers to help his supporters who may be picked up Eastern Uganda as he launches his nationwide consultation program. Mbabazi is expected to hold his first consultative meeting in Mbale tomorrow to popularise his presidential ambitions despite various warnings from Police not to do so.
The ex-premier has assembled a team of 35 lawyers led by Yusuf Mutembuli to defend his supporters in case they are picked up by Police during tomorrow's consultative meeting. Mutembuli told URN this morning that they are ready to enforce the rights of the voters.
Mbabazi is expected to hold his first consultative meeting in Mbale tomorrow to popularise his presidential ambitions despite various warnings from Police not to do so.
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Police has already ferried hundreds of officers and armored vehicles from the Field Force Unit (FFP) headquarters to Mbale to stop Mbabazi. The force has also deployed highway patrol police along the Mbale-Tirinyi road.
Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the director of Operations Uganda Police Force is already in Mbale to oversee the operations. Tension is high in Mbale as Mbabazi supporters have vowed to proceed with the consultative meeting as planned.
On Tuesday, Mbabazi's legal team met with the Police legal team to chart a way forward but the meeting didn't agree on how to proceed.
Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson says the proposed meetings are illegal and urges residents to stay away.
Severino Twinobusingye, one of Mbabazi's lawyers, says the meeting will go ahead as planned since the Public Order Management Act has nothing to do with presidential aspirants since it was created to regulate demonstrations.
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