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Police Clears Mbabazi\'s Northern Uganda Consultations

Police however says public meetings planned for Mayors Gardens in Lira, Pece Stadium in Gulu and Boma Grounds in Arua should not take place.
Amama Mbabazi at his Kapchorwa visit
Police allows former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to hold consultative meetings in Northern Uganda. 

The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura has written to Mbabazi allowing him to hold consultative meetings in Lira, Arua and Gulu.

The approval followed a letter by Mbabazi to police notifying them of his planned second phase of consultative meetings, in accordance with section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act and Section 5 of the Public Order Management Act, 2013.

Police however restricted the consultations to indoor meetings in town halls and denied permission for the scheduled public meetings in stadiums and similar public places. According to the letter, the public meetings which were planned at Mayor\'s Gardens in Lira, Pece Stadium in Gulu and Boma Grounds in Arua should not take place.

“I should note from the outset that your programme and schedule of consultation meetings and public meetings, as stated in your letter, is in violation of Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act, and does not  respect and conform to the guidelines issued to all presidential Aspirants by the Electoral Commission,” reads the letter in part.

Kayihura adds that although Mbabazi can continue and hold town hall meetings, police cannot clear him to hold any planned public meetings.

Mbabazi was last week blocked from holding a public consultative meeting in Jinja after the town clerk informed him in last minutes that the venue he had booked was being used by police. His attempt to use another venue to hold the meetings was futile as chaos erupted and tear gas was used by police to disperse his supporters.

We could not get an immediate response to the police letter from Mbabazi\'s camp, as his spokesperson Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi could not be reached on phone.

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