Kigezi police say FDC not expected in Kabale on Thursday

Kigezi police say FDC not expected in Kabale on Thursday
Dr Besigye on Morning Breeze

Kigezi Region Police has said they are not aware of Opposition stalwart Kizza Besigye's planned consultation meeting in their jurisdiction.

The announcement by Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regionl Police spokesperson, that they have no formal communication or authorisation of Dr Besigye's activity potentially sets the four-time presidential candidate for a clash with the law enforcement if he goes ahead as planned.

Dr Besigye and his Katonga faction are seeking nationwide views on whether his Katonga faction can proceed to form a new political party after what now appears like an irreconcilable rift with the main party led by Patrick Amuriat nad Nandala Mafabi at Najjanakumbi.

This decision was agreed upon in a consultative meeting held in Kireka in Kira Municipality on March 11.

FDC-Katonga faction is expected in Kabale tomorrow for their sub-regional consultation meeting with the party leaders from Kisoro, Rubanda and Rukiga districts.

Dr Besigye is expected to be accompanied by Roland Kagyinda, former MP Rukungiri, former FDC naitonal vice-president Proscovia Salaamu Musumba, Jinja City South MP Timothy Batuwa, among other leaders loyal to his faction.

But Mr Maate said police are not aware of Besigye’s team coming to Kable, adding that they have not got any formal communication.

Maate said Besigye's tour was had nothing to special to it but insisted the law had to be followed, stressing that the politicians should  inform police to work together closely.

He also adds that as usual police is on ground to maintain peace and order of the local persons.

“We are not yet aware because we have not gotten full communication, however there is nothing special with Besigye and team coming to Kabale or Kigezi like any other person," Maate said.

Gideon Tumwesigye, FDC Kabale vice-chairperson, said their consultation meeting has been cleared by police.

“I want to inform the public that we have already been cleared by the security," he said.

"We have a copy of the letter from the office of the RDC who has signed on it, telling us that we should cooperate with police. We later went to the office of the RPC and Kable DPC who all responded. So security is ready in touch with us."

The FDC-Katonga faction consultation meetings began in Kira Municipality and will continue nationwide, with today’s meeting in Mbarara and tomorrow in Kabale.

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