Friday January 7 2011

Security threats force Besigye to skip rallies

By Emmanuel Mulondo

The Inter-Party Cooperation presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, did not honour four rallies in Mukono District after it emerged that his security was in danger.

Not even his security detail provided by the Electoral Commission got to know about his whereabouts but Dr Besigye later rejoined the group at Namataba.
He missed rallies in Gooma, Katoogo, Kayanja and Naggojje.

“It is true but we don’t want to blow it out of proportion. We should leave it at that,” he said yesterday.

The former Buganda Katikkiro, Mr Joseph Mulwanyammuli, who is also a special campaigner for Dr Besigye, told this newspaper in Buikwe yesterday: “We realised his security was in danger and decided that he should take another route and that is what he did. Meanwhile, I went on addressing the people in those areas telling them that Dr Besigye had sent greetings to them.”

The development came after news of sabotage allegedly organised by the National Resistance Movement supporters reached their camp. This forced Dr Besigye to use another car instead of his personal campaign vehicle soon after the rally at Kalagi.

He held rallies in Nakasajja, Kyampisi and Naama.
Yesterday, he addressed gatherings in Buikwe, Busabaga, Nkokonjeru, Ssi, Kasubi and Nangunga before proceeding for the main rally at Lugazi town. Today he proceeds to Buvuma Islands.

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