Besigye defies, beats police siege to storm Ntara


Besigye argues with Police in Kamwenge


Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, is currently on a campaign tour of Tooro region.

The week long campaign in Tooro Region included rallies in Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole and Ntoroko districts said to be predominately inclined to the ruling party, NRM.

After holding rallies in Kyegegwa and Kyenjonjo towns, Besigye reached Kamwenge on Tuesday and held a rally in the town.

He made stop overs in Biguli Trading Centre and Kahunge Sub County enroute Kamwenge.

FDC youth activist, Moses Byamugyisha, says there was a heavy deployment of police, crime preventers and NRM vigilantes at Besigye’s rally but supporters still turned up in large numbers.

Besigye blocked

After a successful rally, narrates Byamugyisha, over 40 police officers put Besigye under siege preventing him to leave the town.

He was headed for Ntara, a small trading centre a few miles from Kamwenge town located in Ntara Sub County for another rally.

When his convoy started driving to Ntara, police blocked him saying the rally would be illegal since the stipulated time for rallies had ended.

“We are being blocked by over 40 policemen from leaving Kamwenge Town,” Besigye told reporters.

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He added: “They do not want us to proceed.”

The Electoral Commission told candidates not to campaign beyond 6pm.

Pictures of the confrontation that ensued show policemen, armed-to-the-teeth, guarding Besigye’s vehicle.

Besigye also accused  Kamwenge district MP, Frank Tumwebaze, also presidency minister of intimidating his supporters.

Besigye defies police orders

“By defiance, Dr Besigye has walked through the police blockade and walked away and police forced to release his car and the rest of the convoy,” Byamugyisha, a member of the FDC campaign team, narrates.

He says after breaking the police siege, Besigye had a successful rally at his last venue in Ntara [it was already dark].

In the 2011 elections, Museveni garnered 89 percent of the votes in Tooro region against Besigye’s 35 percent.


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