Police fired tear gas in clashes with demonstrators in Hoima town this morning, after group pf protesters took to the streets to protest against the Electoral Commission chairman, Dr Badru Kiggundu.
Carrying anti-Electoral commission placards, the protestors marched through Hoima town this morning, chanting slogans calling for a free and fair election come 2011 and asked Engineer Badru Kiggundu to resign.
The demonstrators led by Embattled Hoima mayor, Francis Atugonza and Hoima FDC Chairman, Jackson Wabyona, were however intercepted by anti-riot police just as entered the Hoima Fort portal road in Hoima municipality. Police confiscated all the placards and dispersed the protesters.
FDC leader Dr. Kizza Besigye argued with the midwestern regional police chief, Mercellino Wanitho demanding to know why the police was blocking the demonstrations.
But the RPC accused the FDC leader leading a demonstration in the region without the consent from police.
The FDC leader was however quick to defend himself, describing the police action as unfortunate.
The protesters proceeded to Millennium Hotel in Hoima town, to attend the National Alliance for a free and fair Election (NAFE) western leaders' workshop.
According to Jackson Wabyona, the Hoima FDC Chairman, the workshop is intended to re-orient FDC party leaders on matters of democratic governance.