Jinja Municipal Council has cancelled Amama Mbabazi’s consultative meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
According to a letter from the Town Clerk’s office dated September 8, and addressed to Robert Kanusu, the chairperson organising Committee Go Forward Uganda, the municipal denied Mbabazi access to Kakindu playground and Kazimingi industrial park.
“This is in reply to your unreferenced letter dated 4th September, 2015 requesting my office for permission to use the above venues to hold a consultative meeting with presidential aspirant Hon John Patrick Amama Mbabazi due for 10th September, 2015,” reads the letter in parts.
It continues: “this is to inform you that the same Kakindu playground had been earlier on booked for Uganda police to carry out their activities from 9th September to 8th October…”
“About Kaziminingi industrial park, I have received a letter from the chairperson of the park requesting me not to allow any political activity citing interruption of their business activities and feared loss of money…”
The letter signed by David Kyasanku, the town clerk, says that basing on those reasons, permission for the venues is not granted “unless an alternative free Hall is sought for”.
Only today, although Mbabazi talked to Philip Acaye, the East Kyoga Regional Police Commander, police closed off his earlier venue in Soroti, gave him another one and still followed him up to teargas and disperse his supporters.
Police hurled teargas canisters where Mbabazi was seated at Soroti Sports grounds yet they had allowed him to continue with his meeting.
But Mbabazi said he had not broken the law and was following it instead.
Mbabazi, who is traversing the country to popularise his presidential bid is scheduled to hold a consultative meeting in Jinja town tomorrow but his request for venues has already been cancelled.