Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential aspirant Dr Kizza Besigye, yesterday beat heavy security at his home and along the Iganga-Bugiri highway to hold peaceful rallies in Bugiri and Tororo.
Police, in an attempt to block Besigye staged several roadblocks on the way to Bugiri – with the first one at Nakalama – where all cars moving towards the town were subjected to rigorous checks in search for Besigye.
His home in Kasangati was also reportedly guarded since the wee hours of morning.
Police was, however, embarrassed to learn, that, they had been guarding an empty house all along.
According to the released programme, Besigye was supposed to open party offices in Bugiri, and, also address a rally at Bugiri Taxi Park at 11:00am before travelling to Tororo for other party activities.
NBS TV report Bahati Remmy in a tweet on her account at 11:32am said “HAHAHA! Now, Police is calling me asking where Besigye is, my answer was simple go and wait for him in Bugiri”.
After opening the party’s offices in Bugiri at about 12pm, Besigye began addressing a massive crowd at Busoga Avenue.
The supporters in now a customary manner began collecting money to contribute towards Besigye’s presidential campaigns.
Having been caught completely off guard, police had insisted that Besigye spends no more than an hour to conduct party activities but minus addressing a rally.
Besigye told the rally that Ugandans should use the next election to get the ruling party NRM out of power.
He also cautioned security personnel against intimidating opposition supporters especially in rural areas.
Budadiri West MP, Nathan Nandala Mafabi said the current wrangles within the ruling NRM are a clear indicator that it has lost direction to take the country forward.
Bugiri District Police Commander, Edirisa Kyeyune had earlier appeared on a local radio station and vowed to block Besigye and FDC in particular from holding any rallies in the district.
From Bugiri, Besigye proceeded to Tororo where he addressed more party supporters.
On the way to Malaba however, Besigye met his old nemesis from police in Sam Omara who told him he couldn’t allow him to conduct ‘illegal activities’ in his territory.