Amama Mbabazi has accused a ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) colleague, Capt Mike Mukula, of paying youth to disorganise his rallies.
Amama was speaking on Kyoga VERITAS FM in response to police obstruction of his rally in Soroti town.
The Wednesday event saw police seal off Soroti independence square which Amama had earlier booked forcing him to use the Soroti sports grounds outside town.
Yet when he appeared to address supporters, police still covered him with teargas claiming he was addressing a rally not holding a meeting.
Amama was forced to relocate to Soroti Sports Club where he addressed his supporters.
He now blames Teso NRM leaders including Mike Mukula, the Soroti Municipality MP and Dr Kenneth Omona, the Kaberamaido MP and NRM deputy national treasurer, for allegedly distributing money to youth to disorganise his rallies.
“Instead the youth got the money and still came to my rally,” Amama sounded triumphant.
Yet, the same Mukula on the same day expressed his disappointment with the way Uganda Police responded to Mbabazi’s rally saying they could have acted with restraint.
“I am disappointed by the police response to the rally in Soroti…this could have been handled maturely,” said the former state minister of health.
Mukula was recently quoted saying Amama is still their brother as ruling party members but should reconcile with the party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni.
Turning to police
Speaking on the same radio on Wednesday night, Mbabazi said police acted in violation of the Public Order Management Act (POMA).
He said the police have misinterpreted the law and blamed President Yoweri Museveni’s government for using police against law-abiding civilians.
Amama reiterated that they had written to police about the consultation rallies and that is what the Public Order Management Act entails
However, police spokesman, CP Fred Enanga, said they were following the Electoral Commission’s Election Roadmap and the general guidelines issued to all Presidential Aspirants.
Enanga said Amama failed to fully comply with these provisions of holding consultations in confined spaces, and instead held rallies and mass meetings which “are prohibited actions”.
“Today, 9th September, 2015, the police blocked and dispersed a public rally by the Hon. John Patrick Amama Mbabazi at Soroti Sports grounds after it was found to be in violation of the law,” Enanga said.
Once more, police besieged Mt Elgon hotel where Amama had breakfast before heading to Jinja where they teargassed him three times and nearly marred his meeting.