Independent presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi yesterday could not reach a rally venue in Masindi over what he called poor roads.
“Masindi – Boma grounds. Final rally of the day and we were represented by the area MP. The road to Wanseko would not allow us to reach before the 6pm deadline. Otherwise, I spent time at Biiso and Wanseko in Buliisa were we discussed land issues and ways of helping the farmers,” Mbabazi said on social media post yesterday.
Mbabazi started the day at Masindi police station where “police had arbitrarily arrested” one of his supporters who was “drumming up awareness” of his visit with a morning car drive. He said when he inquired; police had “no reason for the arrest so they released him.”
His first stopover was in Biiso, Buliisa where he spoke with the farmers in the village about the Advanced Sub-County model of TDA-Go Forward. He told farmers that strong cooperatives will be used to uplift the society from poverty as well as create jobs for youth.
On Wednesday night last week, Police fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse a crowd that had gathered for a planned rally by FDC Presidential candidate Kizza Besigye in Atiak, Amuru district, which was beyond stipulated campaign time.
Besigye accused the Police of high handedness in handling the matter arguing that he was not going to hold a rally by apologise to supporters for failing to make it on time.