After days of fighting with the police, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Patrick Amuriat Oboi on Thursday held a procession in Kabwohe Town Council in Sheema district without much interruption from the police.
Amuriat, who entered Sheema through Masheruka Town Council, was first blocked by police led by the District Police Commander (DPC), Scovia Birungi along the Mbarara-Bushenyi highway.
After several minutes of negotiations between police and Amuriat’s Chief mobiliser, Roland Mugume Kaginda, he was allowed to proceed to Sheema Municipal Main Stadium on foot through Kabwohe town council with his supporters.
In his campaigns, Amuriat promised to revive cooperative Unions to create more markets for farmer’s Produce.
He accused President Yoweri Museveni of deliberately leading to the collapse of Banyankole Kweterana Cooperative Union which used to buy coffee and other produce from farmers.
Apparently, the factory of Banyankole Kweterana Cooperative Society at Kabwohe is being used by Oram Coffee Producers to buy and process coffee across Sheema district.
Amuriat also promised to build standard roads in Sheema district because of the huge variety of produce that contributes to the country’s economy.
Virginia Plan, the Sheema Municipality FDC parliamentary candidate blamed corruption and poor leadership for the collapse of most cooperative union, saying they are the same challenges facing Saccos today.
“SACCOs today are collapsing now and then because of thieves that are leading them, we need change that will revive everything in this country,” she said. Earlier in the morning, Amuriat campaigned in Bwizibwera in Mbarara district where he was expected on Wednesday.
Amuriat, who was supposed to campaign in Isingiro, Mbarara city and Mbarara District failed to make it after engaging in a cat and mouse chase with Police that tried to block him from accessing the city center. He used a Boda boda motorcycle to enter the city and move around streets with police in hot pursuit. Police used teargas to disperse Boda boda riders who followed the FDC candidate