The Police have used water cannon and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) popularly known as Mamba to barricade the road to Hoima where presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine), was headed for a campaign meeting.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential had addressed campaign rallies in Kagadi and Kibaale districts where he was met with heavy deployment of both the military and police personnel.
Angered by the security forces’ action, Kyagulanyi tweeted expressing his frustrations.
“The military and police have blocked us from addressing the people of Kibaale district as scheduled! They are now blocking us from proceeding to Hoima district! It’s hard to believe that a regime, one time so glorious, is now this scared of the people,” Kyagulanyi tweeted.
Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) and anti-riot police personnel were deployed early on Wednesday morning ahead of Kyagulanyi’s arrival from Kasese where the armed forced on Tuesday evening shot and injured three of his supporters after he addressed a campaign rally.
In Hoima, security designated Kyantale Primary school playground in Hoima East division and Dwoli Primary school playground in Hoima West division as venues for his rallies.
In Hoima city, heavy deployments are visible at Duhaga roundabout near the offices of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) which acts as the coordination office for the joint opposition candidates.
The deployment is also seen along the Hoima Fort Portal road, Main Street, Right road, Kwebiha road and Kinubi along the Hoima-Kampala road.
There is also heavy deployment at Kyentale Primary school where he is scheduled to hold his first rally in Hoima.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says the deployment should not scare people saying it is meant to protect people and their property.