Police on Saturday fired teargas to disrupt a procession by opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters in Kitgum municipality.
About 100 locals joined a procession to welcome FDC party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and former FDC party presidential candidate Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye in Pandwong Division.
Oboi and Besigye arrived in the municipality to grace thanksgiving prayers for the Kitgum Municipality MP-elect Denis Onekalit Amere at Kitgum public playgrounds.
As locals gathered at Mon Bunyu market in Pandwong Division to accompany Besigye, Oboi, and Amere for the two and half kilometre procession, anti-riot police moved in started firing teargas.
The officer in charge of Kitgum Central police station Martin Abigaba earlier told the FDC members in the procession that it would attract large followings thereby compromising the COVID-19 guidelines. And after failing to reach a compromise with the FDC leadership, police officers fired teargas at the crowds.
The thanks-giving prayer was to be presided by Rev Fr. John Mark Oryem, the parish priest of Padibe in Lamwo district. Amere defeated the incumbent Kitgum Municipality legislator and state minister for Environment Beatrice Anywar in the recent January 14 parliamentary polls. He polled 3,263 votes, while Anywar garnered 3,052 votes.