Mbabazi Starts Consultative Meetings amid Violence Claims

Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi is on his way to Mbale to commence his long awaited consultative meetings after being cleared by police last week.

Amama Mbabazi
Amama Mbabazi

Mbabazi who is contesting as an independent presidential candidate aspirant was cleared by Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura in a letter dated September 1st, 2015.

Kayihura cautioned Mbabazi to comply with provisions of the Public Order Management Act.

“You should furnish the respective District Police Commanders with evidence to use premises by owners and managers,” the letter reads.

He also warned Mbabazi that meetings are expected to be “peaceful and should they tend to be violent, they will be called off and only be reconvened when order has been restored.”

Before leaving Kampala, Mbabazi posted on his Facebook page that he expects to meet leaders from sub county level of the entire Elgon region.

“Mbale Mulembe. I have set off for Mbale. I hope we shall have a series of fruitful discussions with leaders from the Sub-county level of the entire Elgon region. I will also meet up with opinion leaders and groups such as families of FRONASA combatants before having a public meeting and hearing all your views. See you there,” he said.

Last night, Mbabazi supporters were alleging that Tumukunde, Anite, Namayanja, Lumumba, Nyombi Tembo and Kale Kayihura had organized a meeting yesterday evening at Rose Namayanja’s home in Masoli on Gayaza Road to hatch a deal of disrupting Mbabazi meetings.

“Someone just said there was a meeting this evening at Masoli on Gayaza Road at Rose Namayanja’s home. About 200 people attended. The meeting was about a plan to disrupt JPAM’s trip to Mbale. The disruptions will begin in Jinja. The goal is to make him fail to reach Mbale. The people in attendance included Tumukunde, Anite, Namayanja, Lumumba, Nyombi Tembo and Kale Kayihura. These men and women are Crime creators,” Alice Ruhindi, Mbabazi’s in-law posted on social media.

Mbabazi had scheduled to start meetings on Monday August 24th to September 24th, 2015 but he was not cleared by the police, forcing him to post pone.

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