FDC Seeks UGX 200 Million from Police Over Cancelled Rallies

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Maathe says they spent about Shillings 200 Million to hire venues and organise for the cancelled rallies.

Kasese district Forum for Democratic Change-FDC Party officials, want Police to compensate them Shillings 200 million for messing up their rallies. It follows the decision by police to stop all the rallies the party had scheduled to hold in Kasese on Monday and today.

Police also picked up the FDC party president, Patrick Amuriat Oboi from Kasese and drove him to Kampala. Amuriat had gone to Kasese for a two-day mobilisation drive for the opposition party. The party was meant to hold rallies in Kisinga Town Council, Karambi, Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Town Council, Karambi and Maliba Sub counties.

Amuriat was also expected to engage Kasese district FDC party officials at Rwenzori International Hotel in Kasese town. Saulo Maathe, the Kasese District FDC party Chairperson, says they were surprised when police stopped their rallies at the last hour after clearing them.

Maathe says they spent about Shillings 200 Million to hire venues and organise for the cancelled rallies.

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The Rwenzori East Region Spokesperson, Vincent Twesige, says FDC didn't get clearance from the office of the Inspector General of Police- IGP to hold the rallies.

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The Bukonzo County East legislator, Harold Tonny Muhindo has lashed out at police for what he called working outside the law. He also accuses police of abusing the Public Order Management Act by insisting that they should have sought clearance from the IGP to conduct their party activities yet there is a Regional Police Commander in Kasese.

Muhindo said the opposition party will reschedule its mobilisation activities and warned police against behaving in a similar manner.


About the author

Kule Jerome Bitswande
Jerome Kule Bitswande is the URN pioneer Bureau Chief-Kasese.

He's passionate to write about public policy, culture and politics.

Before joining URN in April 2018, Jerome had written for Radio One and Two, The Observer and New Vision.

Jerome strongly believes that it is only the common man that has the untold story. And it is that untold story whose narration he wants to be party to.

The two-time Award Winner with Media Challenge Initiative also believes the Kasese and entire Rwenzururu story is yet to be told; it's against that background that when URN assigned him to his cradle, he did not give it a second thought.

Todate, he's fondly called the Rwenzururu Royal Guard by peers and workmates.