Mbabazi Paralyzes Masaka-Kampala Highway

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Over 70 vehicles, dozens of motor cyclists , bicycle riders and supporters on foot made a very slow procession, affecting traffic flow along Masaka-Kampala highway.

Transport was paralyzed along Masaka - Kampala highway following John Patrick Amama Mbabazi's campaign procession.

On Monday, Mbabazi launched his presidential campaigns in Masaka with a big rally at Golf Course grounds. Before making his way into Masaka, Mbabazi's supporters picked him from Lweera near Lukaya town council in Kalungu district, in a long procession.

Over 70 vehicles, dozens of motor cycles, bicycles and supporters on foot made a very slow procession to the town.

Maxwell Ogwal, the greater Masaka region police commander attempted to guide the traffic to allow vehicles heading to Kampala to pass but he was overwhelmed.

As a result, Ogwal ordered traffic officers to stop all vehicles heading to Kampala until Amama Mbabazi's convoy reaches Masaka. Amama Mbabazi's convoy arrived in Masaka town at 5:10pm.

Mbabazi spent all the time in his open-roof armoured vehicle flashing his trademark Go-Forward sign, exciting crowds that followed him.

Hundreds of curious people lined up along Masaka-Kampala highway to see him.

Mbabazi was accompanied by a team of Democratic Party leaders led by party president Norbert Mao, Secretary General Mathias Nsubuga, Vice President Fred Mukasa Mbidde and a host of Members of Parliament.

When he arrived in Masaka town, there was some standoff between supporters and police who wanted him to go direct to the venue, but thousands of his supporters overpowered police and drove him around Masaka town.

Mathias Mpuuga, the Member of Parliament for Masaka Municipality, who is Mbabazi's campaign strategist took him around streets of Masaka town as thousands climbed to the top of buildings to see him.

Women, children and men danced along Masaka streets to express their love for Mbabazi.
By press time, Mbabazi had just reached the venue of his rally.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.