A combined force of Police and Uganda People Defence Forces (UPDF) have frustrated a scheduled consultative meeting for People Power supporters at De Covenant, a popular hangout in Layibi Division in Gulu Municipality.
A team led by Hon. Zaake pleaded to Gulu District Police Commander Emmanuel Mafundo to allow them to hold the consultation but his attempt was futile.
People Power members, who were blocked engaging their supporters in Kyadondo East on Monday, January 6, have been told that under no circumstance, will their meeting be allowed to take place because it sanctioned cleared by the authorities.
“Please come and tell me why you are blocking us. We are law-abiding citizens and we don’t want to do anything bad. Don’t hide, and we are only 200 people. Come and tell us the reason so that we can go away peacefully.” Zaake pleaded.
Zaake told reporters that he booked the venue because it is enclosed and is far away from the busy town center as Police had required them, He, however, argued that the police’s decision to frustrate People Power’s activity is an act of cowardness.
DPC Mafundo who led the Police team also revealed that he is working under orders from his Superior to stop the Meeting.
“It’s simple, you have failed to satisfy the requirement” Mafundo reacted
He added that De Covenant was not recommended to hold the consultation meeting because it does not have an enclosed hall as per the POMA guidelines.
Nevertheless, Tonny Kitara the owner of De Covenant told one of our sources that they had rented the space for People Power to hold their meeting but on Monday the 6th evening, the Gulu District Security committee held a meeting and resolved that his premises do not meet the standard stipulated on the presidential consultation guidelines adding that as soon as this development came up, his team notified the People Power movement team about the changes.
This the second time the People Power Movement team is being denied access to the already booked venue to hold consultation meetings in the region.
On Saturday Management of Jaflo Garden in Kitgum town canceled agreement for People Power to use their facility with claims, the order was issued by security organs in the district.
Yesterday, the People Power Movement team leader, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was arrested alongside his colleagues and denied from holding the Presidential bid consultations as had earlier been planned.