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No sooner had Mbabazi arrived at Kazimingi than Edgar Nyabongo, the Kiira Regional Police Commander ordered his men to fire teargas to disperse hundreds of residents.

Police have fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse a consultative meeting organised by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi at Kazimingi in Jinja. Mbabazi arrived this afternoon in Jinja from Mbale, where he was scheduled to address consultative meetings on his presidential ambitions at Kazimingi and Kakindu Stadium.
 
The ex-premier connected to Kazimingi vie Makenke to avoid a police roadblock at Gaddafi Army Barracks roundabout. No sooner had Mbabazi arrived at Kazimingi than Edgar Nyabongo, the Kiira Regional Police Commander ordered his men to fire teargas to disperse hundreds of residents.
 
Most of the residents fled towards the maize mills while others scattered towards Jinja Central Market, where they remained watching what was transpiring at a safe distances. Mbabazi watched what was happening from the roof on his vehicle and flashed his "Go Forward" symbol.
 
It is not yet clear whether Mbabazi will be able to address his supporters in Jinja as earlier planned.

This morning, David Kyasanku, the Jinja Town Clerk asked Mbabazi to look for alternative venues saying both Kakindu Stadium and Kazimingi were unavailable.  According to Kyasanku, the police applied on August 17th to utilise Kakindu Stadium for one month, starting on 9th September, to train for Independence Day celebrations.
 
He said the business community at Kazimingi, Jinja Taxi Park and Central market also petitioned the municipality last month to block political rallies in Kazimingi citing the disruption of their business. 

According to Kyasanku, in their petition, the businessmen claimed that they lose business and merchandise whenever rallies are held at Kazimingi.