Uganda police has today fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse supporters of presidential aspirant John Patrick Amama Mbabazi that had gathered at Soroti Sports Ground.
The development comes after Electoral Commission Spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa revealed that the Commission did not clear the former Prime Minister to hold rallies.
He says that they cleared Mbabazi to hold consultative meetings.
The meeting between Mbabazi and Soroti RPC Philiph Acaye to end the disagreement yielded no fruits.
“When I reached here, RPC told me to call off this rally but I told him I wouldn’t. I know the law as a lawyer and as one who made it,” said Mbabazi
Police and Mbabazi supporters engaged in running battles for over thirty minutes.
Police fired teargas of different colours as Mbabazi supporters threw stones at the police officers.
Mbabazi refused to leave his seating area even when police fired tear gas canisters towards his seat.
Mbabazi insisted on addressing the dispersed crowds.
He started by telling supporters that he is a clam person.
“I am a calm man and with my calmness, I achieve what I want,” roared Mbabazi before adding that; “It is easy to arrest me as they did last time or teargas us. But it is impossible to arrest an idea.”
He also assured his supporters that it’s time for change and they should get prepared.
“The time for Change is now. You must be prepared for it”
After his brief speech, Mbabazi was given Spear and Shield which are signs of leadership.