Kabale Officials, Police Disagree on Anti Museveni Demo

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Richard Muhanguzi, the speaker Kabale municipality says they have finalized their plans to take to the streets.

A disagreement has broken out between Police and Kabale municipal council officials over a planned demonstration during President Yoweri Museveni's visit today. Kabale municipal council officials led by the speaker Richard Muhaguzi have been calling on residents to stage a demonstration during the visit to express their dissatisfaction with the president for neglecting their area.
 
The municipal officials accuse Museveni of failing to fulfill key pledges he made in 2010. Some of the pledges include the tarmacking of the Kabale-Mbarara and Kabale-Kisoro roads link, which crosses through the Central Business District, the road connecting Katuna road to the Catholic diocese and the donation of a vehicle to the Kadhi Sheikh Kabu Lule.
 
Richard Muhanguzi, the speaker Kabale municipality says they have finalized their plans to take to the streets. He says they notified police on January 10th   on their planned demonstration. Leopold Twesigye, the LC IV councilor Kigongi ward says they are unhappy with the president. 

He also claims that, Museveni has not stepped in the district since 2010, which he says is a clear indication that he doesn't appreciate the support from the People of Kabale and Kigezi as a whole. Twesigye says they are ready to take to the streets this morning with their electorate in a peaceful demonstration to express their dissatisfaction.


Ely Maate, the Kigezi regional Police spokesperson says despite receiving the notification, police has not okayed the demonstration. He says President Yoweri Museveni is in the district to developmental purposes and shouldn't be disrupted by the protesters. 

Maate also says Museveni is expected to commission the construction of Mbarara - Kabale and Kabale - Kisoro roads, which is one of the issues under contention. He says police will not hesitate to arrest anyone who dare takes part in the demonstration.
 
 
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Both the army and police have already deployed on the streets and outskirts of Kabale town ahead of the president's visit.
 
Museveni is also expected to visit model farmers, Commission a power line erected under the rural electrification program as well as Presiding over the closure of a youth retreat at Kigezi College Butobere.

 

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