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Police fires bullets, teargas to disperse FDC supporters in Hoima

FDC supporters demonstrating in Hoima town

FDC supporters demonstrating in Hoima town

Police in Hoima today fired live bullets and teargas to disperse rowdy supporters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party who were protesting against a move to block their candidate from radio stations.

Reports indicate that Asinansi Kamanda Nyakato, the FDC candidate in the Hoima parliamentary race had been blocked from accessing radio stations across the district. FDC supporters claim that the move was planned by the government through the district security committee which issued a directive to proprietors of all the radio stations to block Nyakato from talking to the electorate. 

Reports that Nyakato had been blocked from accessing radio stations started circulating last week. However, URN could not independently verify the report because none of the said radio stations has a written instruction issued against hosting the FDC candidate.  

This morning, FDC supporters took to the streets, marching to the office of the Hoima resident district commissioner (RDC) Samuel Kisembo to express their dissatisfaction on the matter. But they were intercepted by the police on account that the protest was unlawful. 

Hoima district police commander Christopher Katumba told URN that the demonstrators had not sought permission from the police to hold a procession in the streets of Hoima. Amid resistance, police fired live bullets and teargas to contain the crowd. 

Four of the protestors were arrested and are currently detained at Hoima central police station. According to police, the arrested individuals are charged with holding an unlawful demonstration and causing commotion within the town centre.  

Jackson Wabyona, the coordinator Alliance for National Transformer (ANT) party in Bunyoro region says it is unfair to deny the FDC candidate radio airtime yet the NRM candidate, Harriet Businge is being allowed to freely campaign on all the radio stations in Hoima. The three commercial radio stations in Hoima include Liberty Broadcasting service (LBS), Spice FM and Radio Hoima. 

The Hoima Woman MP seat fell vacant after Tophace Kaahwa Byagira, the former Woman MP opted to represent the people of the newly created Kikuube that was carved out of Hoima and became operational on July 1, 2019. The Electoral Commission has set September 26 as the polling day.   

Comments

0 #1 WADADA roger 2019-09-18 17:28
Unlike in Kabong where they bribed the FDC candidate out of the race, the Hoima one must have proved a hard paper and is destined for victory
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0 #2 karemere 2019-09-18 18:16
"Bloking" is a stupid strategy because it makes the opposition even more popular & attractive to the voters.

The FDC supporter should do door-door campaign then.
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+2 #3 Lysol 2019-09-18 20:33
Those were not the real police offices but M7's and son so-called special forces (militias) who are terrorizing the oppositions.

The end will come one day. They always wear the police uniforms/outfits.
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0 #4 karemere 2019-09-19 00:02
Quoting Lysol:
Those were not the real police offices but M7's and son so-called special forces (militias) who are terrorizing the oppositions.

The end will come one day. They always wear the police uniforms/outfits.

Please do not spill those beans of yours so publicly.
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-1 #5 Roni 2019-09-19 10:47
Am a resident of Hoima and doing business on the street where this all happened.the people demonstrating are not residents of Hoima.

And two there is a designated area( bomagrounds) where you can demonstrate from freely... please let us in peace you found us in peace you can take your urselves back to kla but here we know what we want and who we shall vote not you spreading wrong propaganda.
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0 #6 Lakwena 2019-09-20 14:46
Quoting Roni:
Am a resident of Hoima and doing business on the street where this all happened.the people demonstrating are not residents of Hoima.

And two there is a designated area( bomagrounds) where you can demonstrate from freely... please let us in peace you found us in peace you can take your urselves back to kla but here we know what we want and who we shall vote not you spreading wrong propaganda.


In the face of a naked and brutal injustice Mr. Roni is only concerned about his business.

In other words, when a person becomes cynical and neutral in a situation of injustice, he/she has chosen the side of the oppressor.
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