Live Bullets as Police Disperse FDC Supporters

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In the ensuing confusion, the opposition leaders set off for Rukungiri municipality but were intercepted by police at Muyumbu. Police used an armored car to tow the opposition leaders vehicle towards Rukungiri.

Police have used live bullets to block Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party supporters from escorting their former Presidential Candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye in Kabale Town. It all started after Besigye and four other opposition politicians appeared before Kabale Chief Magistrate's court to answer charges of inciting violence during their rally at Kabale municipal stadium in 2002.

The others are City Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC Women League Chairperson Roland Kaginda, the Rukungiri Municipality Member of Parliament and Mubarak Munyagwa, the Kawempe South MP elect. However, the hearing failed to take off as the Kabale Chief Magistrate, Mbabazi Agatonika is said to be away on leave. 

The Kabale Grade One magistrate, Raphael Vueni adjourned the case to June 6, 2016.  Shortly after the court adjournment, Besigye and his team decided to drive to Kabale town in the company of FDC party supporters. The FDC party supporters knelt down on the road leading to Kabale district headquarters and part of Golf club at Makanga Hill. Police attempted to evict the FDC party supporters leading to running battles. As a result, Police fired in the air to disperse the FDC party supporters.  
 
In the ensuing confusion, the opposition leaders set off for Rukungiri municipality but were intercepted by police at Muyumbu. Police used an armored car to tow the opposition leaders' vehicle towards Rukungiri. Besigye later posted a message on his Facebook page saying "We are between Rwamucucu and Muhanga in Rukiga, they have stopped in a swamp and they are holding canisters of teargas they want to break into our car and get us out." 

Ben Mubangizi, the Kigezi Regional Police Commander only told URN they were only enforcing law and order.

 

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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.