By Grant Ahumuza
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party members have held a public rally at Kabale main stadium in Kabale municipality Kabale district amidst heavy police deployment.
Dozens of police officers on foot and motorized patrol deployed this morning at Kabale main stadium to disperse FDC members on allegations that the organizers did not get clearance from the inspector general of police Martins Okoth Ochola.
The public rally was an attempt to celebrate the partyâ€™s 15thÂ anniversary. FDC marked 15 years in existence on December 16, last year.
A group of FDC leaders in Greater Kabale led by Jack Sabiiti, the former Rukiga county Member of Parliament, Lydia Turyahumura, the Kabale District FDC Chairperson, the Buhweju Member of Parliament Francis Mwijukye, Dr Nicholas Kamara aspirant Kabale Municipality Member of parliament 2021, and other leaders were meant to address their supporters at the rally.
Brian Ampeire, the Kabale District Police Commander, said that the deployment was aimed at ensuring peaceful Rally and to respond to emergencies.
Party members in Kabale had planned to hold district belated celebrations of the party’s anniversary but police blocked them to access the stadium until the Buhweju Member of Parliament Francis Mwijukye reported in the district.
Mwijukye who presided over the event at Kabale main stadium in Kabale municipality said that the freedoms largely enjoyed by Ugandans today have come from the pressure FDC and its leadership has put on the rulling government.
He also stressed that their the function was done forcefully and Condemned police for always interfering with their activities, even when the party follows the law to hold assemblies as prescribed in the Public Order Management Act (POMA).
â€œI donâ€™t understand why Mr [president] Museveni is moving around the country and we cannot. We cannot meet and yet we have a schedule that we have to follow ahead of our nomination in August. So how do we mobilize our own people if weâ€™re not allowed to meet? This is very unfair,â€ Mwijukye noted.
While speaking to the media after the function, Mwijukye said that celebrating 15 years will aid party member to look back at the journey which the party has made, then bring memories of agony and ecstasy.
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