FDC Rallies Flop As Police Escort Besigye to Kampala

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Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Regional Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network they decided to escort Besigye when he defied orders not to proceed to Isingiro district.

The planned rallies by the former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party Presidential Candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye to sensitise Isingiro residents on land matters have flopped.

The rallies failed to take place after police intercepted Besigye at a check point at Ruborogota-Kitwe road on his way to Kajaho trading center in Kikagate Sub County where he was expected to address the first rally under his "My land, My life" campaign.


He was expected to address four other rallies at different venues in the district. After intercepting Besigye, Police diverted him to Kikagate in Kitwe Sub County in Ntungamo district and later to Mbarara district.

 
Police led by the Rwizi Region Police Commander, Robert Walugembe escorted the former FDC leader who was in the company of Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju MP and FDC Women league Chairperson Ingrid Turinawe, to his home in Kasangati in Wakiso district.

 
Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Regional Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network they decided to escort Besigye when he defied orders not to proceed to Isingiro district.

He says the other leaders like Stanley Katembeya, the Western Region FDC Party Chairman and Eric Baino, the Secretary for mobilisation and the Elderly were picked up from Kikagate Sub County for mobilizing people to attend an illegal gathering.

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By the time of filing this story, Katembeya and Baino were still in custody at Isingiro police station and were yet to record statements. The FDC party members who had turned up for the meeting had also dispersed to their homes.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.