Army fighter jets in Soroti as Amama consults


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Uganda air force has dispatched military jets to Soroti where presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, is consulting the electorate today.

Police moved early this morning to seal off Soroti Independence Square where Mbabazi was due to hold a consultative meeting.


Amama leaving Kapchorwa

The square was full of President Yoweri Museveni’s campaign posters on top of being sealed off by police.

The operation is led by the Regional Police Commander East Kyoga, ACP Phillip Acaye.

He has told supporters to relocate from the independence grounds for which Stanley Eroku who leads Amama team says they had paid Shs 350,000 to Soroti Sports Grounds outside the town.

Army jets 

“Soroti is full of noise by our jets to try to threaten the people coming to listen to Amama right now,” witnesses report from the ground.


UPDF jet airborne in Soroti

The role of the military choppers is still unclear as some residents believe Soroti air force school is making drills while others say the planes are monitoring for signs of chaos.

“Soroti town is very busy with traffic jam as people are waiting to see and hear from the aspiring candidate Amama Mbabazi,” reported another witness.

Meanwhile, Amama who left Kapchorwa minutes back says the Electoral Commission has no right to render his rallies illegal.

“Consultations are not restricted to venues,” he pointed out.

Stopped by yellow youth

En route to Soroti, Amama convoy was stopped by people putting on Museveni t-shirts in Bukedea town.

They reportedly disowned him [Museveni] and endorsed Mbabazi as their president.

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Some of them were seen undressing and waving the yellow T-shirts in support of Amama.

Afterwards, Amama thanked the supporters and promised to return to Bukedea and address them.

Some of his supporters are currently heading to Awoja Bridge to receive him.

This is about 16km outside Soroti town on the Soroti-Mbale road.

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