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Police covers Mbabazi with teargas in Soroti  


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In an ugly turn of events, police used teargas to disperse supporters if Amama Mbabazi in Soroti town where he was holding consultative meetings.

The operation was commanded by the RPC East Kyoga, Phillip Acaye.

Earlier, police sealed off Soroti independence grounds where Amama had planned his meeting and relocated the group to Soroti sports ground.

Yet when he arrived at the grounds to address the residents, chaos broke out with police trying to stop Amama from speaking.

Crowds responded by throwing stones at police as officers also hurled rounds of teargas filling the grounds with smoke.

Mbabazi at first insisted he would address the rally and would not leave the grounds until situation returned to normalcy.

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Supporters managed to hand him a Spear and Shield before leaving the Grounds.

The crowd then dispersed amid stones and teargas only to regroup later at Soroti Golf Club insisting on being addressed by presidential aspirant.

Police was responding to an earlier directive by the Electoral Commission stopping Amama from holding rallies.

EC says Amama can only consult in closed places but cannot hold open rallies as a presidential candidate.

Responding to the matter, Mbabazi said consultations were not limited.

“Town hall meetings can have public consultations. Everyone else has been going up with it. How come when it is me, they interpret the law differently?” he wondered while addressing press.

He said he was aware of the details of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) and the Presidential Elections Act which regulate the meetings and that police was going overboard.

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