The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has cautioned Police as an institution and individual police officers against continued disruption of their activities.
On Saturday Police violently stormed and dispersing a public rally in Mbale arresting the FDC Party President Hon. Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat and a number of supporters firing tear gas and live bullets to disperse supporters of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who had gathered for a rally in Namakwekwe ward, Northern Division.
FDC had organized a rally where the FDC party president Partick Oboi Amuriat, former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, and other party leaders were meant to address the people. Police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the FDC supporters who had turned up for the rally and had waited for over 5 hours
Addressing a press conference, the FDC spokesperson said they had just concluded a meeting with FDC leaders of the Elgon region only to be shocked by Police storming their venue yet they were fully informed about all the Party’s activities as the Law requires.
He also added that Police had other motives and orders regards the Mbale rally since they did not interfere with the Kasilo, Soroti and Kumi rallies
“It appears to us that the reason Mbale was disrupted was to kill the momentum we had gained after the Teso activities.”
He announced that this week FDC is expected to be in Hoima where they will be campaigning for the Woman MP candidate Ms. Nyakato Asinansi Kamanda who also doubles as the People Power candidate.
He also noted that as they prepare Kabong they are aware that Police blocked the People Power delegation who were on their way to Kabong to campaign for the FDC candidate and therefore are ready to face Police by all means.
He further added that while FDC is glad to to issue letters to all colleagues who want help them mobilize for their candidates, Police should also refrain from interfering with Opposition Party campaigns.
He added: “All democracy seeking forces have been invited to join us in these campaigns and Police should be aware. In fact this is the first time that Police is asking for such letters.”