Police force Besigye out of Mbarara

Mbarara was left wet after a busy afternoon in which the police engaged FDC supporters who were in a procession with former party president, Dr Kizza Besigye.

Besigye has spent the past three days on a political mobilization drive that took him Bushenyi, Rubanda and finally Mbarara meeting regional FDC leaders.

Like in Bushenyi on Wednesday and Rubanda on Thursday, the police did not allow Besigye to carry on his program according to plan.

He planned to hold a public rally at Kijungu after meeting mobilisers from the districts of Kiruhura, Isingiro, Ibanda, Ntungamo and Mbarara at the Mbarara Catholic Social Centre hall.

Police unleashed tear gas to break up Besigye’s procession

In his address, Besigye told the FDC leaders that his struggle aims at having a political transition that will see Uganda for the very first time have a peaceful transfer of power from leaders with guns to leaders whom people want.

The transition, Besigye said, will bring about new Constitution for Uganda, cause reform of state institutions, lead to truth telling and reconciliation and finally lead to free and fair elections where people will have power to vote and their vote counts.

After the meeting, Besigye led a procession of supporters which police however did not allow through Mbarara town and thus used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the procession.

More police personnel were deployed at Booma grounds and Kijungu to ensure that the opposition politicians don’t hold the rally.

The police eventually escorted Besigye and team out Mbarara towards Kampala.