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Police Block Tumukunde from Holding Rallies in Ntoroko, Bundibugyo

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Beatrice Kiraso, the former Kabarole Woman Member of Parliament and Chief of Staff in the Tumukunde camp, says they had organised undisclosed venue near Bundibugyo town for the meeting with their supporters.
The only road leading to Bundibugyo was blocked by police.
Police have blocked independent presidential candidate, Gen. Henry Tumukunde from holding rallies in Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts.    Tumukunde was expected to meet his supporters in Bundibugyo this morning before returning to Karugutu Town Council in Ntoroko district for another rally. However, 15 kilometers to Bundibugyo, dozens of policemen blocked the only road to the district.  

They ordered the residents to stay away. Beatrice Kiraso, the former Kabarole Woman Member of Parliament and Chief of Staff in the Tumukunde camp, says they had organised undisclosed venue near Bundibugyo town for the meeting with their supporters. She, however, says police changed their venue four times and later asked them to hold the rally at Burondo Primary School, which is at the border of Ntoroko and Bundibuyo districts.

According to Kiraso, this was so frustrating and meant to foil their efforts to meet their supporters since the venue given was too small and hard to reach.  Bundibugyo District Police Commander - DPC, Taban Swaib, explained that their actions were meant to prevent the spread of novel Covid-19. 





"We couldn't allow him to make processions. We secured a venue for him at Burondo primary school but he refused it and decided to go back. So, for us as security, we had no other option other than blocking him," Swaib said. When Tumukunde's convoy was blocked and negotiations failed, he turned back and headed to Rwebisengo Town Council where he was also blocked from holding any rally or speaking to voters.

Left without any option, the presidential candidate was forced to turn back to Fort Portal Tourism City. Kiraso told URN that they are going to have a Skype meeting with other opposition politicians to devise a way forward since most of them are being stopped from holding rallies. According to the Electoral Commission's campaign programme for presidential candidates, Tumukunde is supposed to be in Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa on Thursday. 

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