Mbabazi cites expired teargas, delays tour


Mbabazi rubbing teargas out of his eyes

Presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, has postponed his Consultation Tour to Northern Uganda until further notice.

Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, the Director Communications & Public Relations Amama Mbabazi Campaign, said Amama is being held down by the program of The Democratic Alliance (TDA).

“The program of The Democratic Alliance (TDA) in which he is fully participating requires him to be present for all the processes being undertaken,” Nkangi said in a statement.

“As such, he is unable to go upcountry.”

Nkangi said Amama would also like to engage the police in a meaningful discussion about their use of live ammunition and tear gas on peaceful, unarmed civilians who gather to receive his message.

While meeting FDC strongman, Kizza Besigye, at the close of last week to chart a way forward regarding issues on TDA protocol and nominations, Mbabazi lamented about the tear gas by the police on his Soroti and Jinja meetings.

“Police used tear gas expired in 2007,” Mbabazi noted.

He said for days, his breath still smelt of tear gas.

“So maybe you are going to call me Mr tear gas,” he told the opposition politician to whom teargas has become the “alternative source of oxygen”.

According to Mbabazi’s publicist, the former Prime Minister hopes to convince police and get a firm promise from them to cease these actions.

“Once these issues are resolved a new Consultations calendar will be released.”

However, police chief, Kale Kayihura, has already issued a warning to deal with Mbabazi in northern Uganda.

Speaking over the weekend, Kayihura said Mbabazi’s meetings have become rallies and will not be tolerated any more.

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