There was heavy Police deployment around all government installations ahead of the campaign rally of Independent Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi this afternoon.
A woman dressed in an NRM party T-shirt attending Mbabazi\\\'s rally Masindi, Boma Grounds. The rally was addressed by the area MP as Mbabazi couldn\\\'t arrive in time because of the bad road network
There was heavy Police deployment around all government installations ahead of the campaign rally of Independent Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi this afternoon. Heavily armed police men were deployed around Kisanja airfield, Masindi hospital, Masindi district local government and all roads leading to Masindi town.
Security also locked Masindi stadium, where Mbabazi was scheduled to hold his second campaign rally in Bunyoro sub region. Mbabazi's first rally was in Buliisa District. Rogers Kanti, the coordinator of Mbabazi's campaign team in Masindi district says he had agreed with the Masindi stadium manager, John Nsubuga to use the facility but Richard Katungi, the Masindi District Internal Security Officer locked the main gate with two padlocks and drove off without saying a word.
Police also impounded a pickup truck registration number UAA 209L, which was carrying Mbabazi's public address system and detained its driver, Muhammad Bitamale. By the time of impounding the truck, Mbabazi was approaching Masindi town on his way to Buliisa. Mbabazi branched off at Masindi Central Police Station to demand explanation as to why the pickup truck had been impounded.
He demanded the release of the truck together with the driver, which the Officer in Charge of Masindi Central Police Station, who only identified herself as Atim did. URN also learnt that boda boda motorists in the town received Shillings 10,000 each for Farouk Sewedi, the chairperson Masindi motorcycle riders association (MAMOA) not to attend Mbabazi's rally.
â€œI want you to stay at your stages and operate normally. Please don't go at the rally,â€ he told the Boda boda's at Centenary stage. However, William Byaruhanga, one of the boda boda riders said that he cannot miss Mbabazi's rally. â€œThose people talk some things we don't know, I have to be there,â€ he said. URN couldn't establish the source of the money. Our reporter couldn't get a comment from the Police about the heavy deployment as the DPC was unavailable.