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'Overwhelmed' police looks on as NRM hold procession in Gulu

Singer Bebe Cool leading NRM procession in Gulu city. Photo/@BlizzUganda

Singer Bebe Cool leading NRM procession in Gulu city. Photo/@BlizzUganda

Supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have successfully held a procession along major streets of Gulu city - with police offering them security instead of dispersing them as it has done with opposition candidate processions. 

The group mainly composed of youths, boda boda operators and market vendors on Monday marched through Gulu Main street, Airfield road, Acholi Lane, Ring road, Sir Samuel Baker road among others for several hours.

Dressed in yellow T-shirts, caps and other NRM attires and displaying Museveni's campaign posters, the youth were led by a pickup vehicle loaded with a public address system that was repeatedly playing Bosmic Otim's song "Mzee Wakazi", a song that praises President Yoweri Museveni for restoring peace in northern Uganda, development as well as prosperity.

Only a handful of them appeared to be wearing face masks, and no physical social distancing was being observed much as it is a requirement by government and ministry of Health as a safety measure to contain the spread of coronavirus disease in the country.

The youth chanted victory for NRM party in the upcoming 2021 general elections, they made stopovers in front of Gulu Central police station, opposite Centenary bank, at the main junction of Gulu Main street and next to Stanbic bank where they danced for several minutes bringing businesses to a standstill.

Traffic police officers and the field force police officers struggled with the youth to allow normal traffic flow while soldiers of the presidential Special Force Command (SFC) heavily deployed along the streets looked helplessly while others cheered at them.

 
The NRM campaign concluded its first week of campaigns with candidate Museveni meeting youth leaders from West Nile and Lango sub-regions.
 
The procession was held before the scheduled campaign of President Museveni at Watoto Church in Gulu city. Museveni is expected to address the party delegates from Acholi at Watoto Church in Gulu City. Museveni has on several occasions warned opposition candidates against holding processions and mass rallies amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

Many delegates including the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah, Hillary Onek, NRM MPs among others have already arrived at the venue.

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+1 #11 Lakwena 2020-11-17 08:36
In other words as above; the police was overwhelmed by curios children, who wanted to see the "Problem of Africa", Mr. Tibahaburwa.
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+2 #12 Odongkara 2020-11-17 11:28
To say Police was being overwhelmed is just a misuse of the word. It is a known that Police and other security establishments were part of the procession.

They are NRM cadres and will not allow any other political opposition group to do the same. For anyone today to claim that the Police, UPDF and any other Security agencies are non partisan is the real demon deceiving stupid Ugandans.

These agencies only serve Tibuhaburwa's interests and surely they will go with him when zero hour is arrived at.
I'm in Gulu and I can tell you those who attended his rally were NRM national, regional, districts, counties and subcouncils leaders ferried for the rally.

The other "supporters" were hired market vendors and sacco members. The truth is nobody was interested and to make matters worse there was rain.
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0 #13 WADADA rogers 2020-11-17 22:49
Look observer, please dont write things that are going to embarrass you again, even two police men armed with guns and teargas can displace as many as 20000 people on a procession.

It is therefore a lies to say they were overwhelmed, they knew what they were doing and they were working on orders.

Some of these people are involved in the procession because they have no jobs, others have come to see musicians, others are children while the majority have been paid to take part.
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0 #14 WADADA rogers 2020-11-17 22:54
where M7 gets 10000 supporters who mainly children following kadodo dance, the rest of the adults are paid and ferried from all the districts of that region by the RDCS, Kyagulany gets 70000 genuine adult supporters yearning for change.

I can confess that Kyagulanyi is not the best candidate for Presidency but since he has a bigger baser than others, i implore Ugandans to support him with their vote and most importantly, to stay at the polling station until after counting
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0 #15 Lakwena 2020-11-18 07:41
Quoting WADADA rogers:
where M7 gets 10000 supporters who mainly children following kadodo dance, the rest of the adults are paid and ferried from all the districts of that region by the RDCS, Kyagulany gets 70000 genuine adult supporters yearning for change.

I can confess that Kyagulanyi is not the best candidate for Presidency but since he has a bigger baser than others, i implore Ugandans to support him with their vote and most importantly, to stay at the polling station until after counting


But Wadada, what makes the Best, Best? I thought part of Kyagulanyi's bestness is his magnetism, of attracting the crowd you e.g. mentioned herein.

In other words, before you judge BW for not being the best, you must personally be better than him in the same thing (being a presidential candidate).

In other words, it is Kyagulanyi's bestness, which is causing sleepless night for Gen Tibahaburwa.
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0 #16 Lakwena 2020-11-18 08:26
And Wadada, leadership is a collective responsibility not unilateral one-man's show.

In other words, leadership is a system not parts.
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