Mbabazi, Museveni Supporters Clash Over Campaign Posters Top story

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John Patrick Amama Mbabazi is expected to address a rally at Kasana Playground and mobilization is in high gear. Mbabazis organizers have resorted to use cyclists and walking house to house mobilizing people to attend the rally.

Supporters of Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi and those of his rival Yoweri Museveni have clashed over campaigns posters of their respective candidates. Mbabazi is expected to hold his campaign rally at Kasana Playground in Luweero district today.

As a result, Mbabazi's supporters took to the streets to mobilise residents to turn up for the rally in large numbers. Hundreds of Mbabazi's voters have lined up along the road in Wobulenzi trading center with drums and vuvuzelas ahead of his procession in Luweero Town.

However, there was a bitter exchange between Mbabazi's supporters led by Julius Mugerwa and those of Museveni at Kasana Idlers' corner in Luweero town over mounting campaign posters. Trouble started after Mbabazi's supporters attempted to mount his campaign posters on the road side arch locally known as ekiyitirirwa, which was used by Museveni's team.

This didn't go down well with Museveni's supporters led by Zubair Kasana. They confronted Mbabazi's supporters and asked them to construct their own arch leading to a heated exchange. Mugerwa describes the incident as an act of intolerance on the part of Museveni's supporters.  Alex Ssebuuma, another Mbabazi supporter also accuses the NRM district leadership of intimidation.

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A team of Police Officers led by Paul Wataka, the Luweero District Police Commander has deployed to avert any possible clashes between supporters of the rival candidates.

At Kasana playgrounds, enthusiastic supporters of Mbabazi have started gathering to welcome him. Moses Matovu, a resident of Kikyusa town is among the people who have arrived at the venue to listen to Mbabazi.

Matovu, a degree holder says he has hunted for a job in vain and hopes that Mbabazi will create an enabling environment to enable him get one.

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Edward Wamala is another expectant supporter; he wants Mbabazi to invest more in agriculture and health sector.

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By time of filling the story, Amama Mbabazi had embarked on his journey to Luweero. He is expected to make stopovers at various places along to the Kampala- Luweero Highway to greet his supporters.

Mbabazi made some stopovers at Kawempe, Kagoma and Matugga towns where he was blocked his supporters.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.