The Northern Uganda district of Gulu witnessed dramatic scenes today as hundreds of youths mocked Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi.
The youths declared Mbabazi ‘politically dead’ and carried a coffin covered with posters and T-shirts through the streets of Gulu to a burial ground, where they scornfully ‘laid Mbabazi to rest.’
They later set the Coffin and the campaign materials ablaze.
The act sought to declare their dislike, for the man, who just declared his bid to contest for the Presidency, challenging his former ally, the NRM Chairman Yoweri Museveni.
Michael Okello, the mastermind of the procession says they decided to ‘bury’ Mbabazi as a sign that he belongs to the past.
They accuse him of mismanaging the Peace Recovery and Development Plan, a fund channeled through the Office of the Prime minister, which Mbabazi occupied prior to his dismissal from Government.
Okello adds that Mbabazi’s candidature is a mockery to the Ugandan population.
Robert Okwera, One of the youths who participated in the events says Amama Mbabazi has never shown solidarity with the people in northern Uganda whose lives were characterized with decades of violence during the LRA-led rebellion.
Justus Tugume, the chairman of an organization named ‘100% NRM youths’ in Northern Uganda says Mbabazi cannot be trusted after betraying NRM, a party he served as Secretary General.
Police provided security for the youth’s procession.
Mbabazi speaks after return from Europe
Meanwhile, Mbabazi who returned to the country from European and American tours today has assured his supporters that he will not be intimidated by police harassment.
Speaking at his Kololo home, Mbabazi told press that he will continue with his consultations inspite of the letter issued by police chief, Kale Kayihura, barring him from such activities.
He said the law allows him to consult and sees no reason to first contact the ruling NRM party.
He castigated police for heavily deploying along Entebbe road ahead of his return saying he faced no threats as police claimed.
He dismissed arrest rumours saying he was not aware of such.
Amama however acknowledged the report of Shs 12m unpaid water bills which he affirmed will be cleared.