Police in Luweero town has fired teargas to disperse supporters of
National Unity Platform - NUP who gathered along the Kampala-Gulu highway to wave
to their Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, alias Bobi Wine.
Kyagulanyi was heading to Arua district in northern Uganda ahead of
his campaigns that will start on Tuesday in Pakwach, Nebbi, and end with Arua town on
the first day.
However, on his way along Kampala- Gulu highway, hundreds of
supporters gathered in Bombo, Wobulenzi, and Luwero towns along the road to wave to him.
When Kyagulanyi reached Luweero town at around 4pm, hundreds
of his supporters gathered along the road paralyzing transport, forcing Police to fire teargas to clear the way for him.
They danced to Kyagulanyi's music and others chanted the People Power slogan .
Jonathan Kafeero Moses, a candidate for Kalongo Miti Parish Councilor seat said that the supporters wanted to re-affirm their support to
Kyagulanyi and send a signal to NRM Presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni that
they are tired of his rule.
Other youths said they were tired of the NRM government over
rampant unemployment, neglect of the area that brought it into power and they wanted to show support to Kyagulanyi whom they
Others were excited to see Kyagulanyi whom they repeatedly referred to as their President.
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Kyagulanyi made no stopover in Luweero town but the clash ensued
for over an hour as Policemen commanded by Isaac Kushaba, the Officer In-charge of Operations
at Luweero Central Police engaged supporters in running battles.
The angry NUP supporters descended on posters of President
Museveni, the NRM flagbearer and destroyed some of them during a protest of what they called unfair treatment of their presidential candidate.
Chris Johns Buwembo, the NUP candidate for Luweero Town LC 3
Chairperson seat says that the supporters destroyed posters to express anger over Police actions towards
Kyagulanyi and NUP candidates whom it has repeatedly blocked to campaign but left NRM Candidates to
violate COVID-19 rules.
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By the time of filing the story, Police had arrested over 10 NUP
Supporters and they were transferred to Luweero Central Police Station. Police had also maintained a single patrol monitoring traffic
along the highway.
According to the Presidential campaign programme released by Electoral Commission, today NRM
candidate Yoweri Museveni is the only one who was supposed to campaign in
Museveni chose to hold closed-door meetings at the Presidential Demonstration farm located in Kawumu village in Makulubita sub-county. Museveni met NRM flagbearers, NRM incumbent MPs, and other party officials to ask them to mobilize for him.
Journalists were barred from attending the meetings and some NRM Party secretariat officials turned away.