The police fired teargas to disperse presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s supporters in Mbarara as he made his way to Kakyeka stadium to launch his 2021 election manifesto.
There were several roadblocks along the Masaka – Mbarara highway manned by a combined force of the police and soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) who at some checkpoints required those entering Mbarara to identify themselves.
Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate relocated his manifesto launch to Mbarara after the police blocked the earlier planned event at Kamwokya in Kampala.
He had initially planned to launch the manifesto on November 3 after his nomination.
The security forces maintained a heavy presence outside the stadium, occasionally engaging in running battles with NUP supporters who wanted to enter the stadium.
Riding in an open roof Landcruiser with his wife, Barbara Itungo, Kyagulanyi attracted a procession from Mbarara town to the stadium which is about 2km out of the town.
Much as the police used teargas to break up the procession, it continued to grow bigger that by the time Kyagulanyi reached Kakyeka stadium, some of them overwhelmed the police and forced their way into the stadium.
The police later moved in and forced them out.