Police, Army Deploy in Mbale to Block Besigye's Rally

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James Ruhweza, the Elgon Zone Regional Police Commander and the UPDF 3rd Division Commander Brigadier Dick Olumu appeared on various FM stations in Mbale warning those anticipating to the attend the rallies and consultative meetings no to do so.

Police and the Army have tightened security in the Elgon zone and entire region ahead of the anticipated visit of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential candidate. According to Jack Wamanga, the Mbale Municipality MP, Besigye was expected to hold a consultative meeting in Mbale today at undisclosed venue.
 
 
The news of Besigye's proposed rally in Mbale prompted security officials from Eastern Uganda led by James Ruhweza, the Elgon Zone Regional Police Commander and the UPDF 3rd Division Commander Brigadier Dick Olumu to convene a crisis meeting at Mbale Municipal council on Monday to chat away forward.
 
 
They resolved to block all unlawful assemblies by political parties and hold the organisers accountable. James Ruhweza, the Elgon Zone Regional Police Commander and the UPDF 3rd Division Commander Brigadier Dick Olumu appeared on various FM stations in Mbale on Tuesday to warn those anticipating to the attend the rallies and consultative meetings no to do so. 

The duo said they had not received any notification from FDC about their intention to hold any rally in Mbale. By Tuesday evening, heavily armed Police and soldiers were deployed strategically in Mbale Town and along Mbale-Tirinyi highway, Mbale- Tororo and Mbale-Kumi Road. Police has repeatedly warned all presidential candidates and political parties against holding any rallies until they are formally nominated and cleared by the Electoral Commission to do so. 

However, the opposition parties have rejected the directive saying their meetings are provided for under Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act 2005.  This particular section allows presidential aspirants to hold consultations 12 months prior to their nominations, prepare their manifestos, hold national delegates conference and fundraise for their campaigns using lawful means. 

However, the aspirants are required to introduce themselves to the Electoral Commission, notify police and relevant local authorities of the areas they go to. Two weeks, Police intercepted Besigye in Masaka and blocked him from proceeding to Rukungiri where he was scheduled to address a rally.  

 

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