Ahead of his impending visit to the Elgon region, Patrick Oboi Amuriat has expressed pessimism on the possibility of a free and fair election next year, given what has been seen on the campaign trail so far.
Speaking to listeners of Tororo based 106.8 Mambo Rock FM yesterday; the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer said incumbent president Museveni had not showed willingness to allow his contenders space to campaign.
“The people of Bugweri and Iganga have in the last two days experienced a lot of circus caused by the police not wanting us to speak to the people. There were loads and loads of tear gas thrown yesterday at the people in Iganga and all the little stop overs that we came to,” he said
“And today, we were welcomed to Butaleja with tear gas and later blocked from entering Tororo. My good driver managed to maneuver and getting me to Tororo city. It was something phenomenal.”
Personally, Amuriat disclosed that he has been subjected to pain while being arrested on the campaign trail.
“I was showing my chairman who is here in studio, some of the scars that have been inflicted one by the police force and the army,” he said.
The FDC candidate questioned the rationale of holding elections if they are not going to be free and fair.
“I have been to a good fraction of this country Mr. Museveni has lost popularity. He is no longer that kind of person who people adored, who people would respect. And really clinging to Power is a matter of life and death,” he claimed
Oboi was yesterday blocked from addressing a mass gathering at Arobaini in Busia town.
According to Julius Caesar Tusingwiire the Bukedi Regional Police Commander, the latter was not only late but also declined to shift the event to a spacious ground.