Police Disperses Mbabazi Supporters In Mbale

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The Police led by Sam Omalla, the Deputy Anti-riot Police commander in charge of Bukedi region negotiated with the group to disperse saying Mbabazi had arrested and detained in Kampala.

Police has dispersed scores of supporters of ex-prime minister Amama Mbabazi in Mbale.  The pro-Mbabazi supporters had converged at two separate venues for consultative meetings with Mbabazi on his presidential ambitions. 



The ex-prime minister has booked Mbale Resort Hotel for his consultative meeting but his reservation was cancelled by management saying his meeting wasn't cleared by Police.
 
A few of Mbabazi's supporters gathered at Mbale Resort Hotel amidst police deployment. However, scores of others converged at one of the residences of Nandala Mafabi, the Budadiri West Member of parliament in senior quarters in Wanale Division. 



Heavily armed police backed with a teargas truck stormed the home at around 12pm on a tip off to disperse the gathering. However, the group that comprised majorly women, youth and the elderly wasn't moved by the arrival of Police and continued chanting Mbabazi's name.



The Police led by Sam Omalla, the Deputy Anti-riot Police commander in charge of Bukedi region negotiated with the group to disperse saying Mbabazi had arrested and detained in Kampala. Mbabazi was intercepted by Police and he appropriated Jinja and driven back to Kira road Police station here he is being held. 
 
Omalla told the Pro-Mbabazi supporters that their gathering was illegal as it had not been sanctioned by Police. He accordingly asked them to leave the venue. Some of the people left the venue but others remained defiant.


Some of the supporters were seen gathering in small groups of between 10-15 people seemingly to discuss their next move. Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Regional police spokesperson says there was no reason to use force since the Pro-Mbabazi supporters complied with the Police directive. 



She however said police will not hesitate to use force should they try to come back and conduct an illegal meeting.
 


Ahamada Washaki, the Pro- Mbabazi Elgon regional publicity secretary says no matter the amount of pressure Police is piling against them, they will conduct their meeting. He however, didn't disclose the venue where they would hold the meeting.



By the time of filing this story, Police was dismantling the tents that were erected at the venue. More than 50 Anti-riot Police personnel have been deployed at this venue.

 

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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.