Police in Mbale on Saturday fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse supporters of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who had gathered for a rally in Namakwekwe ward, Northern Division.
FDC had organized a rally where the FDC party president Partick Oboi Amuriat, former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, and other party leaders were meant to address the people. Police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the FDC supporters who had turned up for the rally and had waited for over 5 hours.
Amuriat, and three other FDC supporters were arrested and taken to Mbale Central Police station. According to residents, police started using tear gas and live bullets to disperse the people who had gathered before the arrival of the FDC leaders.
Police said that FDC leaders wanted to hold an illegal rally which was not cleared by the IGP and that it was late for a rally to be conducted beyond 6:00 pm.
Amuriat told journalists shortly after he was released on bond that they only wanted to greet their supporters and inform them that it was late for them to hold a rally. Amuriat said that they had gotten clearance from the IGP for them to hold their mobilization meetings and police blocked them out of error.
He said that he would not go back to Mbale to report himself to police on issues of bond and therefore police should look for him wherever he will be. Before going for the foiled rally, Besigye and Amuriat earlier on addressed the FDC party leaders from Bugisu sub region on how to advance the people’s government ideology.
Besigye asked the local party leaders to remain strong and prepare to take up power because they have weakened President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.