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FDC Law Enforcers Clash with Police at Party Anniversary Celebrations

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 police.
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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 police.    

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 party.”  

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,” says Owoyesigyire.

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 was waged.   

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