Running battles and dramatic
scenes covered Namboole National Stadium this morning as Forum for Democratic
Change – FDC party law enforcement officers clashed with Police officers. The
enforcement team accused police of ‘planting’ saboteurs to disorganize the
party’s anniversary celebrations held this morning.
As a security requirement, the
FDC party sought police deployment for its 15th-anniversary celebrations
today. However, the party equally deployed its personnel to work alongside the
Sadic Amiir, the FDC Party
Secretary for security says that a number of nonmembers have accessed the venue, with the help of the security teams that were provided by the Police.
A scene came up when Amiir’s team
reached out to one of the suspicious gentlemen and discovered that he was not
an FDC member when he failed to answer basic questions about the party. The
team tried to drag him out but it later emerged that he was a non-uniformed police
officer on duty.
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Amiir notes that they suspect
that such people had been deployed to sabotage the function. “Now if such
people did criminal or unacceptable things, it could be blamed on the
However, the Kampala Deputy
Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire distanced the police force from plotting
anything sinister against the FDC function. He says that police are only
available to provide security.
“Why would the police be
sabotaging their function? we are there to provide security and that’s all,”
In the same development, there have been bitter exchanges between Police personnel and the FDC security team which claims to be in charge of
security in the area. At the checkpoint, police officers chased the
FDC security team saying they were interrupting their work.
“This is a security tent; you
should not bring your politics here. Let us do our job.” said one of the female
police officers as she requested her juniors to push the FDC security team away
from the checkpoint.
While approving their function,
the inspector general of police Martin Okoth Ochola issued strict conditions to
the party including, among others, restricting the function to the party
members only and conforming to the Public Order Management Act that prohibits
unauthorized or impromptu gatherings.
The FDC was founded on 16
December 2004 from Reform Agenda, a pressure group under the leadership of Col.
Kizza Besigye, who had fled the country after the post-2001 general election
events. The party attracted disenchanted former members of the National
Resistance Movement-NRM, who were challenging Museveni’s leadership, which
according to them had swayed from the democratic ideas for which the bush war