The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, has finally allowed former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, to launch his manifesto at Nakivubo stadium in Kampala after his nomination.
This is contained in a letter dated October 31, responding to Mbabazi’s letter dated October 22, on the launch of his presidential campaign manifesto.
“This is to inform you that your notification has been received and there is no objection, since Nakivubo stadium has accepted to host the meeting,” Kayihura wrote back to Mbabazi.
“However, by copy of this communication the Commander Kampala Metropolitan is instructed to liaise with you for purposes of proceeding security and traffic guidelines,” Kayihura noted.
In a separate letter to the executive director Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA], Jennifer Musisi, Kayihura blocked Mbabazi’s planned march across Kampala city.
He says Amama never wrote to police about the planned procession.
“Besides, the National Resistance Movement party had given prior notice to the Inspector General of Police to hold similar activities on the same days,” Kayihura writes.
“Given that the activities are planned to be accompanied by a lot of pomp and celebration and will cover major routes lead into Kampala City Centre, it is not possible to simultaneously police both activities,” continued the police chief.
Museveni and Mbabazi will be nominated on the same day November 3 at Mandela national stadium, Namboole at 10:00 am and 11:00am respectively.
Museveni will proceed to Kololo independence grounds for a public rally.
This week, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said Kololo was out of bounds for opposition after Mbabazi should interest in using it for his public rally.