Police Deploys in Mbale to Ensure Mbabazi Exit

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A few minutes later, Mbabazis vehicle drove out to Harsh Pump fuel station along Mbale-Tororo road with Police in hot pursuit.

Police have deployed at Mount Elgon Hotel in Mbale Town to ensure the exit of ex-prime minister Amama Mbabazi. Mbabazi entered Mbale Town this morning from Soroti where he spent a night following his botched consultative meeting and campaign rally to popularise his Presidential bid.

His convoy was greeted by two truckloads of heavily armed Anti-riot Police at Kacumbala in Bukedea district. The police officers joined Mbabazi's convoy one at the front and another at the back and trailed Mbabazi to Mount Elgon.
A few minutes later, Mbabazi's vehicle drove out to Harsh Pump fuel station along Mbale-Tororo road with Police in hot pursuit. However, the Police Officers gave up the chase after realizing the ex-PM wasn't in the vehicle.
Mbabazi is currently holed up in a meeting with his mobilisers at Mount Elgon Hotel. He told URN on phone that he was meeting his mobilisers and would soon proceed to Jinja for his consultative meetings as planned.
Leuben Wasima, the Elgon Zone Field Force Unit Regional Commander says they have deployed to see Mbabazi out of Mbale. According to Wasima, they received information that the presidential candidate has been addressing mini rallies along the highway, a thing they want to stop.
According to Police, Mbabazi is only expected to hold closed door consultation meetings as provided for in section 3 of the presidential election act 2005. This particular section allows a presidential candidate to hold consultation meetings, prepare their manifestoes and fundraise for their campaigns using lawful means.

However, Mbabazi's lawyers led by Fred Muwema have since contested the police interpretation of the law saying it is flawed. According to Muwema, their client is operating within the law and that his rallies are lawful.


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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.