It was a field day for the Police as Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu traveled to the West Nile districts of Nebbi, Pakwach and Arua, firing teargas and bullets to disperse crowds that formed along the road.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential flagbear chose to launch his presidential campaign in Arua where he nearly got killed in August 2018 during the by-elections for the Arua Municipality MP in which he campaigned for the eventual winner, Ezat Kassiano Wadri.
Most action by the police was in Luweero especially at Bombo, Wobulenzi and Luweero Town Council where the police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of supporters who paralysed transport along the Gulu – Kampala highway.
Many were dancing to Kyagulanyi’s music and others chanted the people power slogans.
Jonathan Kafeero Moses, an LC III candidate for Kalongo Miti parish Councilor said that the supporters wanted to re-affirm their support to Kyagulanyi and send a signal to NRM Presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni that they are tired of his rule.
Other youths said they were tired of the NRM government over rampant unemployment, neglect of the area that brought it into power and they wanted to show support to Kyagulanyi whom they trust.
Others were excited to see Kyagulanyi whom they repeatedly referred to as their President.
Kyagulanyi made no stopover in Luweero town but the clash ensued for over an hour as Policemen commanded by Isaac Kushaba, the Officer In-charge of operations at Luweero Police station engaged supporters in running battles.
The angry NUP supporters descended on posters of President Museveni, the NRM flagbearer and destroyed some of them during a protest of what they called unfair treatment of their presidential candidate.
Chris Johns Buwembo, the NUP candidate for Luweero Town LC 3 Chairperson seat says that the supporters destroyed posters to express anger over Police actions towards Kyagulanyi and NUP candidates whom it has repeatedly blocked to campaign but left NRM Candidates to violate COVID-19 rules.
By the time of filing the story, Police had arrested over 10 NUP Supporters and they were transferred to Luweero Central Police Station. Police had also maintained a single patrol monitoring traffic along the highway.
According to the Presidential campaign programme released by Electoral Commission, today NRM candidate Yoweri Museveni is the only one who was supposed to campaign in Luweero.
Museveni chose to hold closed-door meetings at the Presidential Demonstration farm located in Kawumu village in Makulubita sub-county. Museveni met NRM flagbearers, NRM incumbent MPs, and other party officials to ask them to mobilize for him.