Uganda: Police Foils People Power Meeting in Bugweri

Police foiled a consultative meeting by People Power activists in Idudi trading centre in the eastern Uganda Bugweri district.

The activists were scheduled to meet on Thursday afternoon and unveil Mercy Walukamba as their candidate for the Bugweri district Woman MP seat.

The meeting was prompted by tension between the JEEMA candidate, Sarah Babirye and Walukamba, who both claim support from the People Power movement led by Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi.

A team of police officers led by the Bugweri district police commander, John Nkudizana deployed heavily and blocked the meeting, saying it was an illegal assembly. But Abed Bwanika, the People’s Development Party (PDP) president, who represented Kyagulanyi, said police was notified about the meeting on Friday last week.

“We wrote a letter on Friday last week notifying the IGP of our meeting and our request did not receive any objection therefore, we decided to continue with our plans as earlier on scheduled,” he said.

The decision by police to block the meeting didn’t go well with Walukamba’s supporters. They decided to pelt police with stones prompting Nkudizana to plead with Walukamba to call off the meeting. He explained that Walukamba didn’t follow the right procedures of organizing the meeting.

Nkudizana told journalists at his office that Walukamba was rescued from the chaos and had no case to answer.

“We just saved her from the chaotic that would result from the unlawful meeting, and I have let her to leave the police peacefully without any charge against her,” he said.


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Publish date : 2018-11-02 11:08:30

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