Amama Mbabazi, a former Prime Minister now vying for the presidency, has suspended nationwide consultative meetings following his arrest and the death of his brother.
Accompanied by FDC’s Kizza Besigye, Mbabazi was supposed to launch his plan for consultative meetings yesterday in Mbale town.
The duo was however intercepted by police at the Nile Bridge in Njeru, arrested and detained at Kira Road and Nagalama Police Stations respectively.
It is said the defiant Amama refused to record a statement at Kiira Road police station on the advice of his lawyers; Fred Muwema and Severino Twinobusigye and was later released in the evening.
His arrest led to the further arrest of 11 NRM poor youth who stormed Kiira Road Police Station demanding Amama’s release.
Speaking at his Kololo home after his release, Amama vowed to continue with his consultative meetings programmes.
Mbabazi said he was to write to the electoral commission adjusting his program before he rolls out again.
He however condemned the manner in which police acted, accusing it of being partisan.
Police, on the other hand, said his meetings were in breach of the law as they were not endorsed his party.
Death of his brother
Sadly yesterday still, Mbabazi’s elder brother, Enock Bahemerwabusha, passed away at Bwindi Community Hospital in Kinkiizi.
The 85 year old, had been battling several ailments including hypertension and high blood pressure.
His daughter, Nina Mbabazi-Rukikaire, says they could not inform their father “due to the prevailing conditions”.
“We thought it best not to inform dad until he was released from his illegal detention. He was accordingly informed at 8pm last night and death announcements have been running on our local radios since,” Nina said in a social media message.
She said funeral arrangements were underway and Enock will be buried at his home in Nyamabare village, Karubeizi parish, Kanungu district on Sunday 12th July, 2015.
“I thank all the Bagwowabo’s for showing great restraint in keeping this news quiet. I think those trying to make a political point about the lateness of the announcement, please stop that foolishness,” she urged.
She described her uncle as a soft spoken, kind and loving uncle.
Suspension of consultative meetings
Following the development, Mbabazi announced today that he had suspended his country-wide Consultation Tour until further notice.
According to his media assistant, Josephine Mayanja Nkanji, the new dates when he resumes his activities would be given to the Electoral Commission as soon as they are available.
“Amama Mbabazi wishes to thank the great people of Mbale who withstood extreme provocation as a result of his expected visit to the area yesterday, Thursday 9th July,” said Nkanji.
She added: “He also extends his gratitude to the Press Corps and all those who extended a hand of support to him during yesterday’s illegal arrests of himself and his daughter, Rachel Mbabazi.”
“Amama would like his supporters to know that he is still resolute about following the law and was not found to have committed any crime, as indicated by the lack of any charges being proffered against him or his daughter. His lawyers will be handling this matter further in the courts of law.”