Security tightened in western uganda as opposition walk to work campaign blocked
The army has taken over security in Mbarara town to stop the Walk to Work demonstrations from taking place. The soldiers were seen last evening patrolling streets in Mbarara and opposition strongholds.
Stanley Katembeya, Mbarara FDC chairperson says that they were prepared to walk to Work this morning in solidarity their leader Kiiza Besigye.
He says that many people in Mbarara were not happy with the shooting and subsequent arrest of Besigye during the walk to work demonstration last week.
Katembeya however says that their plans have been foiled by the heavy deployment of the army.
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He also says that some FDC leaders are on the run because of the heavy army deployments near their homes. The affected leaders are George Tumwesigye, FDC Chairman Mbarara Municipality and Steven Katungi, Kamukuzi division LC III chairman.
He says that the heavy military deployment has scared off many opposition supporters.
Robert Kamara, the UPDF second Division Public Relations Officer says that the deployment in Mbarara has nothing to do with the protests. He however, contradicts himself saying they called in by police to help quell opposition protests.
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In Kisoro, plain cloth security operatives have surrounded the FDC offices.
Peter Turyatunga, Kisoro FDC chairperson says that his home was besieged this morning by police who ordered him not to walk to Work. He says that he was later accepted to use a boda boda to his office of work.
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Wilfred Mulumba, an FDC supporter in Kabale says despite the heavy police presence they will continue showing solidarity with their colleagues across the country.
Kizza Besigye, the FDC president called nationwide walk to work protests over the high fuel and commodities prices. However, the government has repeatedly quelled the demonstrations accusing Besigye of having ulterior motives to overthrow the government.