Uganda police Saturday deployed heavily on the streets of Mbarara ahead of a rally by presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi.
Earlier, boda boda riders in Mbarara town were reportedly paid Shs15,000 per person to boycott Mbabazi’s rally at Booma grounds.
“We are going to be given Shs15,000, fuel and a T-shirt to shun Mbabazi rally,” a boda boda ride was recorded saying.
The payment was made at the new Resident District Commissioner, Capt. Martha Asiimwe’s office in Mbarara town this morning.
This was also followed by the defacing of Amama posters by suspected NRM supporters.
When Amama trail finally made it into the town, police moved fast and blocked Buremba Road.
Tensions ensued between police and Mbabazi supporters.
Amid fears of teargas, the determined crowd pushed through police barricades and continued the procession.
As if this delay wasn’t enough, another incident arose featuring the country’s First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni.
Her convoy possibly [from Ruhaama?] collided with Mbabazi’s procession on Mbarara streets.
In a lighter turn of events, Amama in his seen atop his campaign vehicle leaning slightly towards Janet’s convoy signalling the First Lady with a flash of fingers seemingly changing from his usual “go forward” to Museveni’s “No Change” sign.
Amama is now at Booma grounds addressing Mbarara residents.