A joint security team comprising Anti-Riot Police and Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) personnel have blocked FDC presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat from holding a rally in Jinja City.
This followed Saturday’s pronouncement by the Electoral Commission (EC) prohibiting campaigns across twelve districts deemed Covid-19 hotspots.
Amuriat insisted he was yet to be formally notified, saying EC’s statements were a ‘rumor’ to him.
As such, Amuriat on Sunday morning set off for Kamuli where he celebrated mass at Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kamuli Municipality.
He later proceeded to a Dua held in memory of deceased Kamuli Woman Member of Parliament (MP) Rehema Watongola (RIP).
At the function in Butende village, Kitayunja Sub County; Amuriat ditched multi-party norms to endorse a National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaning candidate, Kayanga Baroda Watongola for the Kamuli Municipality seat.
Baroda is a daughter to the late Hajjati Rehema Watongola and Hajji Badru Watongola.
He later on addressed mini rallies at Namwendwa Town Council and Nabitalo Sub County.
But upon stepping foot in Kamuli Municipality, he was dismayed to find four police patrol cars waiting for him.
This sparked off a 30-minute cat-and-mouse chase between Police and Amuriat’s entourage which finally came to an end when Police cornered him at Buweera Parish in Buwenge Sub-county, Jinja District.
Amuriat was forced to board a Police pickup truck number UP 2394 which sped off towards Kayunga.
Upon reaching Sezibwa Bridge at 7:05 PM, Amuriat was shoved out of the vehicle by Police but his team insisted on returning to Jinja late as it was.
This prompted Police to block the bridge, leaving a number of passenger vans and other Cargo trucks stranded.
The impasse was resolved 30 minutes later with Amuriat’s convoy heading to Bugiri Municipality where they spent the night.
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is today Monday expected to campaign in Tororo, Mbale and Bukedea.