Police in Rukungiri District in Uganda have blocked the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party members from holding thanks giving prayers for their deceased supporters.
Former party president, Dr Kizza Besigye tweeted on Monday that instead of providing badly needed security and policing services to Ugandans, Uganda police is heavily deployed in various parts of Rukungiri today to stop an innocent, peaceful thanksgiving function.
Addressing journalists in Rukungiri on sunday, District Police Commander Moses Nanoka, who was flanked by the Kigezi region police spokesperson Elly Maate, said that police had written to the FDC party leadership a letter of notification and he believed that the party secretary general had received it.
He said that the police letter was written to FDC on November 16, 2018 replying to the November 14 letter addressed to the IGP by the party leadership informing police about thanks giving prayers they were organizing.
He added that unfortunately Police in Rukungiri does not know the organisers to work with for peace during the activitiesnoting that this is one of the reasons the activities are stopped.
By Monday morning, police had deployed more personnel and armoured trucks in several parts of Rukungiri District.
The party leaders had planned to hold thanksgiving prayers for party supporters who died in October 2017 during a rally against the amendment of the presidential age limit.
When contacted by www.mknewslink.com on Sunday, the partys national secretary for mobilsation, Ms Ingrid Turinawe said that they had fulfilled all the police requirements.
One Edson Nasasira alias Kakuru, 22, a taxi tout at Nabugabo stage and resident of Kafunjo cell, Eastern division in Rukungiri Municipality was in October last year shot dead as police dispersed FDC supporters. However, police insisted he was hit by a stone.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website