Police Tightens Security Ahead of Mbabazi's Consultative Meeting In Jinja

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Edgar Nyabongo, the Kiira Regional Police Commander says they deployed heavily after receiving information that some people were planning to stage a demonstration in Jinja Town.

There is tight security at Kakindu Stadium and Kazimingi business area in Jinja Town ahead of the scheduled consultative meetings of Ex-prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. Mbabazi is expected to hold two consultative meetings in Jinja today to popularise his presidential bid.
 
The consultative meetings were scheduled to kick off by 9am. However, by the time of filing this story, Mbabazi was still holed up in a meeting with his mobilisers at Mount Elgon Hotel in Mbale.

Although the former NRM secretary general is yet to arrive in Jinja, police has deployed strategically at all major entry points to Jinja Town.

Our reporter saw heavily armed police personnel at Kiira and Nalubaale dams, Bugembe, Namulesa and Mbiko Police station. The deployment is meant to avert any possible movement of Mbabazi's sympathisers to Jinja town.

There is also heavy deployment of both plain clothed and uniformed pfficers and patrol vehicles at Kakindu Stadium and Kazimingi business area, the main venues of the consultative meetings.
 
Edgar Nyabongo, the Kiira Regional Police Commander says they deployed heavily after receiving information that some people were planning to stage a demonstration in Jinja Town. It is not yet clear whether Mbabazi will hold his consultative meetings at Kakindu stadium and Kazimingi business area as earlier planned.

This morning, David Kyasanku, the Jinja Town Clerk asked Mbabazi to look for alternative venues saying the places were unavailable. According to Kyasanku, Uganda Police applied on August 17th to utilise Kakindu Stadium for one month, starting on 9th September to train for Independence Day celebrations. 

He said the business community at Kazimingi, Jinja Taxi Park and Central market also petitioned the municipality last month to block political rallies in Kazimingi citing the disruption of their business. According to Kyasanku, in their petition the businessmen claimed that they don't sell and lose their merchandise whenever rallies are held at Kazimingi. 

The decision of the Town Clerk to block Mbabazi from accessing both venues has drawn protests from the organisers of his consultative meetings and residents. Daniel Aluma, a member of Uganda National Teacher's Union-UNATU says it is unfair to block Mbabazi from explaining to residents his presidential aspirations.
 
 
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Richard Mwanja, a pro-Mbabazi youth mobiliser says their consultative meetings will go on despite the heavy Police deployment.


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There is general excitement in Jinja town ahead of Mbabazi's arrival. People donning T-shirts bearing Mbabazi's image, have gathered on the streets, saying they are ready to receive him.