Police Storms Hotel, Impound Besigye's Campaign Material Top story

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Police have impounded items belonging to supporters of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential candidate from Eden Guest House in Fort Portal town ahead of his campaigns in Kabarole district today

Police have impounded campaign materials of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential candidate from Eden Guest House, in Fort Portal town ahead of his campaign in Kabarole district today.

The force gives no reason for the confiscation of the materials and the head of police in the district has denied knowledge of the operation.

A number of Besigye's supporters had booked into the guest house for a night.

Steven Ssebaana, a trader from Kawempe in Kampala told URN that unknown people knocked on his room at Eden Guest House, on Bwamba road at around 2am demanding that he opens the door.  
According to Ssebaana, when he inquired who it was, he was told that it was the manager who wanted to speak to him. Ssebaana says he refused to open, but the manager of the guest house pleaded with him to open.  

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Ssebaana says when he opened the door, the manager stormed in with eight armed police pfficers and two plain clothed men.

He says the police officers questioned him about his identity before they searched the room and took away several items including 100 calendars, 200 posters, 35 T-shirts and 50 key holders he was planning to sell at Besigye's rallies. 

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Amin Sadiq, the head of Besigye' security has condemned the police action. Amin explains that since Tuesday, when Besigye started his campaigns in the region, a number of plain clothed security officers have been trailing them.

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One of the workers at the guest house who preferred anonymity for fear of arrest, said that they had been warned by security operatives not to accommodate Besigye's supporters. 

Musa Tibakirana, the Kabarole District Police Commander told Uganda Radio Network that he was not aware of the incident, but promised to carry out investigations.  Last night there was unusual police patrol in Fort Portal town.

Police briefly blocked Besigye on his way to a campaign rally in Kamwenge, on Wednesday.


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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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