Police Okays Anti Mao DP Rally In Masaka

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Major General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police has allowed Democratic Party supporters opposed to Norbert Mao’s leadership to hold a meeting in Masaka, hours after anti riot police blocked it as illegal.

Major General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police has allowed Democratic Party supporters opposed to Norbert Mao’s leadership to hold a meeting in Masaka, hours after anti riot police blocked it as illegal.
 
The supporters belong to former presidential candidate Samuel Lubega’s faction.
 
On Friday morning, police deployed at Masaka Social Center at Bwala Hill in Masaka town to stop Samuel Lubega’s supporters from convening their summit saying it was illegal.

The meeting convened by city lawyer, Joseph Balikudembe, who is also the former DP Vice Chairman for Buganda region, is meant to interpret the confusion surrounding the recent court ruling that nullified Mao’s leadership. 

The organizers say the meeting is also called to forge a way forward for all politicians, who were allegedly expelled from DP for standing as independents in the February general elections.

Simon Peter Wafana, the Southern Region Police Commander told URN that he had been approached by senior DP leaders led by Denis Mukasa Mbidde, the party’s legal advisor to stop the meeting on grounds that it was illegal. The pro-Mao officials argued that those who convened it are not known party members yet they convened it under the guise of DP.

But after more than three hours of deadlock, the meeting dubbed “DP Summit” has finally been allowed to take off. Noah Sserunjogi, the Southern Region Police spokesperson says Kale Kayihura has finally allowed the aggrieved DP members to convene their meeting. He explains that the IGP last night met the organizers and allowed them to convene their meeting because it has no ill intensions.

Police has also withdrawn its officers deployed to stop the meeting.

Ben Bukenya, the rival Masaka DP chairman says although the meeting has been allowed, he fears several of the intended supporters may not turn up because they fear teargas.

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Michael Mulindwa, one of the organizers says they also invited Mao and his group to hear from legal experts on the court ruling but they seem to have shunned the meeting because no one has so far turned up.

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Early this month, DP president Norbert Mao convened a similar meeting in the same venue but it ended prematurely after youths clashed over disagreements on the decision by Jude Mbabaali, the Bukoto Central parliamentary candidate to withdraw his election petition against Vice President Edward Ssekandi.

 

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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.