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PHOTOS: Heavy Security Blanket Rolled Over Mbale

For the first time in over three decades, price ampoule http://chios.ro/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/quiz.php former Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi has been arrested, find http://conduco.dk/wp-admin/includes/theme-install.php Chimp Corps report.

The once second most powerful man in Uganda was apprehended by police at Njeru near Jinja Town as he tried to force his way into Mbale, information pills http://centristnetblog.com/wp-includes/locale.php the heart of Eastern Uganda for consultative meetings.

Police had earlier on declared Mbabazi’s planned meetings as “illegal” since he had not been cleared by his own ruling NRM party.

Chimp Corp Nixon Segawa reports that Mbabazi, who was being chauffeured in a sleek and armoured Land Cruiser brand car, was directed to disembark the vehicle before being taken away in a waiting police truck.

Mbabazi was put under what Police operations Commander Andrew Kaweesi described as “preventive arrest” at Njeru Police Station.

“We gave Mbabazi two options. To either return to Kampala peacefully or we take him back by force. He refused to oblige. So we had to arrest him,” Kaweesi told journalists at the police facility.

“We shall not allow him to go to Mbale whatsoever. He must follow laid down procedures of conducting meetings. He is now under our control and his convoy is being led back to Kampala,” added Kaweesi.

Mbabazi was last year sacked as Prime Minister before being impeached as NRM Secretary General.

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President Museveni is said to have lost trust in the leader of the External Wing of five-year NRA guerrilla war struggle after receiving intelligence reports that Mbabazi intended to remove him as president.

As we write this, a dozen of Mbabazi’s supporters in Jinja have expressed their anger at today’s political development, with some saying he should have been left to proceed with his journey.

However, thousands of Museveni’s supporters have poured on Mbale streets, saying they will not allow Mbabazi, whom they described as a ‘traitor’, in the town.
Police on Thursday morning deployed heavily on all streets in Mbale town amid reports that presidential hopeful and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was set to hold his first consultative meeting in the town.

Mbabazi vowed to continue with his proposed consultative meetings despite police warnings, buy information pills http://csv-vidin.eu/media/widgetkit/widgets/accordion/layouts/dashboard.php stressing that all he is doing is lawful.

“As provided for by the Presidential Elections Act, information pills http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-includes/requests/exception.php he will visit Mbale tomorrow 9th July 2015. He has met all the stakeholders including Police and Electoral Commission. Anyone with doubt in their mind should know there is no single provision in the Public Order Management Act stopping our client from proceeding to Mbale,” Mbabazi’s lawyers led by Severino Twinobusingye told journalists on Wednesday.

In his own words the former Prime Minister said there is nothing wrong with carrying out the consultative meetings as they are only meant to seek guidance from people for his presidential bid.

The police boss had earlier written to Mbabazi notifying him that he ought to get clearance from the ruling NRM party within which the presidential hopeful intends to stand.

Police patrolling Mbale town
Police patrolling Mbale town
Police Mambas were also deployed in Mbale
Police Mambas were also deployed in Mbale
Anti-riot police personnel being deployed in the town
Anti-riot police personnel being deployed in the town

Meanwhile, police led by Bukedi Area Police Commander Sam Omara today patrolled all the streets in what appears one of the biggest police operation in recent years.

In an interview with ChimpReports, Mbale Municipality mayor Mutwalib Zandya said he had no problem with the heavy deployment in his area.

“This is as a result of the wrangles between the President and his friend Mbabazi. If police are trying to contain any form of violence, I have no problem with them doing their job,” Zandya said.

Mbale Resort Hotel officials said they are not expecting Mbabazi at their premises today.

Efforts to reach the General Manager were futile as he was reportedly in a meeting.

Sam Omara leading his squad in the strategic town
Sam Omara leading his squad in the strategic town
Mbale Nile Resort remains calm after cancelling Mbabazi's meeting
Mbale Nile Resort remains calm after cancelling Mbabazi’s meeting (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

A source at the hotel who preferred anonymity due to the gravity of the matter told this website that management had written to the Presidential hopeful informing him of the cancellation of the meeting.

“He was supposed to be here today after booking for a one day event but the management wrote to him about the change in programme,” the source told this website.

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