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Masaka Police Blocks "Free My Vote" Campaign Prayers

Scores of FDC supporters led by Joseph Ssenzoga, the party Secretary General for greater Masaka region had mobilized to conduct their prayers outside the party offices. However, the activity was interrupted by anti-riot police under the command of Masaka District Police Commander John Mwaule.
Anti riot police keeping guard at FDC offices in Masaka

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Police in Masaka district have dispersed the Forum for Democratic Change - FDC party supporters who had converged for their weekly “Free my Vote” campaign prayers. They had converged at the party offices located along Elgin road in Masaka town.

The campaign is a protest of the continued incarceration of the FDC presidential candidate Dr Kiiza Besigye who is confined at his home in Kasangati and the outcome of the February 18 presidential election which they described as a fraud.

Scores of FDC supporters led by Joseph Ssenzoga, the party Secretary General for greater Masaka region had mobilized to conduct their prayers outside the party offices. However, the activity was interrupted by anti-riot police under the command of Masaka District Police Commander John Mwaule.

They were ordered to halt the prayer which was led by Pastor Umar Zzimbe of Kirimya Pentecostal Church and vacate the premises saying the group was interfering with traffic flow by placing desks in the walkways.

This evoked a bitter exchange as angry FDC supporters disregarded the directive saying that they had not bleached any law in exercise of their rights and freedoms of assembly and worship.

Mwaule later told journalists that he had also obtained intelligence information that the FDC supporters were planning a demonstration by marching through town after the prayers yet they had not sought permission. Meanwhile a heavy police deployment is being maintained at the FDC offices.

Robert Tumwesigye, the FDC organizing Secretary for Masaka says they will not be deterred. He says they are now considering holding daily activities to express displeasure with the government, which according to him is illegitimately holding power.

Cue in (Luganda)……Besigye abeere mulamu…………

Cue out………......eyo tejja gendayo.”//

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