On his arrival to Soroti, Amama Mbabazi held a brief meeting with Philip Acaye, the East Kyoga Regional Police Commander.
During the meeting, Acaye reportedly asked Mbabazi to call off the Public rally saying he had received orders from above to stop it.
Mbabazi stood his ground saying he would go on with his rally as planned.
As a result, police started to disperse the residents leading to running battles.
Although Police was able to disperse the residents from the Sports Ground, they started pelting the Officers with stones from a distance.
A security cordon was formed around Amama Mbabazi by his security detail and Soroti residents.
Mbabazi refused to leave his seating area even later as police lobbied tear gas canisters towards where he was seated.
Mbabazi later managed to address the press and a section of the crowd who gravitated towards him.
Mbabazi said that Acaye informed him he had received orders not to allow Mbabazi to hold any meetings in Soroti.
But Mbabazi said he had not broken the law and was following it instead.
Police later redoubled their efforts to clear the ground.
Police has fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a campaign rally organised by ex-Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in Soroti Town.
Mbabazi, who is traversing the country to popularise his presidential bid was scheduled to hold a consultative meeting in Soroti and address a rally at Soroti Sports Grounds.
The meeting reconvened in Lions Club but Police fired more teargas amidst the crowds.
“I’m a calm man and with my calmness I achieve what I want,” Mbabazi managed to tell the crowd.
He said when he arrived, the RPC told him to call of the meeting but Amama told him he wouldn’t.
Amama said as a lawyer, he knows the law because he is the one who made it.
“It is easy to arrest me as they did Last time or teargas us. But it is impossible to arrest an idea.”
He continued: “The time for Change is now. You must be prepared for it.”
In a statement, the Electoral Commission, quoted Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005, saying the consultations by aspirants should be distinguished from distribution of campaign materials, campaigns, holding rallies and mass meetings and canvassing/soliciting for votes envisaged under Sections 21 and 24 of Part V of the Presidential Elections Act.
“The Electoral Commission advises all aspirants to comply with the requirements of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005 and other applicable laws in regard to undertaking the consultative activities.”
The statement was signed by Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu Chairperson, Electoral Commission, curtailing Mbabazi from holding rallies.
It is for that matter that police responded by teargassing and dispersing his supporters in Soroti today.