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Police Fires Teargas to Disperse Tumukunde's Supporters at Nakawa Market

Tumukunde described the police action as cowardly and promised to return more determined to mobilise his supporters after his nomination.
02 Nov 2020 14:24
A crowd of people at Nakawa Market cheering at Tumukunde before police fired teargas to disperse them

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Police have used teargas to disperse Nakawa Market vendors who had gathered to cheer up presidential aspirant Rtd. Henry Tumukunde as his motorcade drove along Jinja road towards Kyambogo for his nomination. 

Prior to his departure for the nominations, Tumukunde told journalists that as a trained soldier, he wouldn’t  travel silently to Kyambogo yet his opponent  and incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni mobilized his supporters to hold processions as they accompanied him for the nomination.

As his time for nominations drew close, Police patrol vehicles and traffic motorbikes fetched Tumukunde, his nominators and seconders from his Kololo campaign office. They directed him on which route to take on his way to Kyambogo sports grounds. 

However, upon arrival at Nakawa Market, several vendors surrounded his vehicle chanting his pressure group slogan ‘Kisoboka’. Police officers tried to chase the vendors in vain. After trying in vain for more than 20 minutes amidst the surging crowds, three water cannon arrived together with police patrol vehicles.

The officers disembarked from the patrol vehicles and started firing teargas to disperse the crowd. Tumukunde described the police action as cowardly and promised to return more determined to mobilise his supporters after his nomination.

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Before setting off for nominations, several Sheikhs and pastors prayed for Tumukunde and his campaign team.

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According to the nomination guidelines, each presidential aspirant is expected to appear with ten people including his nominators and seconders.

Despite this, president, Yoweri Museveni was accompanied by various NRM youth leaders donning their party cards who lined up the road from Spear Motors to the nomination grounds.