Police has once again marred a rally held by FDC politician, Kizza Besigye, in northern Uganda.
Besigye and Mugisha Muntu who are canvassing votes for the FDC presidential flag bearer, were allowed to have consultation meetings and rallies across the country.
They wrote to police and were cleared although the force continues to disrupt Besigye’s rallies.
ON Tuesday, Besigye and his supporters were teargassed in Pader town.
Besigye was in Pajure trading centre when police stormed his rally and dispersed his supporters.
Police said Besigye’s rally in Pajule trading centre was not authorised and were left with no option but to disperse his supporters.
The officers fired live ammunition and teargas to disperse the gathering.
FDC Women League leader, Ingrid Turinawe, says Besigye was sprayed with pepper gas and all people beaten and dispersed from the venue.
Pader District Police Commander, Romeo Onek Ojara, reportedly grabbed a microphone from Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Member of Parliament with the Forum for Democratic Change for the Kumi County – Kumi District before the showdown.
According to Besigye, President Yoweri Museveni is seeking refuge in Northern Uganda because of his dwindling support in Southern Uganda.
Museveni previously commanded support in Southern Uganda because of concentrating development projects and employments there but the voters are now yearning for change.
This could be one of the reasons why police is determined to ruin Besigye’s campaigns in the northern part of the country.
He told the residents of Pajure in a short message: “I had an accident here some time back on my way from Karamoja, some of the people who were injured we took them to Pajure Health centre IV but we found no services. They were using candles. Now you can see that the money that is supposed to bring drugs to hospital is used to buy tea gas. Let’s work together and remove these terrorists from government.”
On Monday, police carried loud speakers through Lira town calling upon people to shun Besigye’s procession across the town.
Residents, however, disobeyed police orders and took to the streets in support of the FDC strongman.
In earlier encounters, police teargassed Besigye supporters in Mbarara town and once again in Kabale town in a move to check the massive crowds that always turn up for his rallies.