Police raids hotel, seizes Besigye posters


Kabarole district police commander, Musa Tibakirana

Police in Fort Portal town Thursday morning raided a hotel occupied by FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye’s campaign team and confiscated his posters.

The incident happened at around 3:00am this morning.

The FDC team which arrived in Fort Portal town last evening ahead of Besigye’s rally today, booked rooms at Eden Guest House for the night.

In the wee hours of the morning, police woke them up and forced its way into their rooms.

The team says police then confiscated anything they found labelled with Dr Besigye such as t-shirts, calendars, caps, banners and flags among others.

The team threatened to stir chaos accusing police and crime preventers of plotting to disrupt their rallies.

They even urged Kale Kayihura to station a police helicopter somewhere around Fort Portal so that he can evacuate the crime preventers that would be wounded in the process.

Police explains  

Kabarole district police commander, Musa Tibakirana, told Insider police had carried out routine checks in hotels.

“Somebody had registered a name in the hotel [Eden] yet there was a different name on his national identity card.”

The person in question is a one Steven Sebaana but registered as Dennis Mwijukye.

He was rushed to Kabarole Police Station and detained.

Tibakirana said the suspect claimed to have been selling toys yet he was part of the FDC team.

“His colleagues came and identified him. We cautioned him and set him free,” he said.

Tibakirana said they didn’t confiscate any campaign materials.

Crime preventers

Moses Byamugyisha, a member of FDC campaign team, said a team of crime preventers was spotted last evening moving in Toyota Corona vehicle Reg number. UAL 655V pinning President Yoweri Museveni’s posters in the town.

He expressed fears that crime preventers would interfere with their posters and activities.

He further said their team had engaged police “in the true spirit of defiance to reclaim all our confiscated items and retreated back to the field”.

“Our P10 vigilantes however remain alert just in case order is to be restored.”

He said Besigye is already in the field and has been given a red carpet reception at the first stopover at Katebwa.


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