KAMPALA- Police have told the Forum for Democratic Change to disband Power-10, a grouping of 10 people per village, which the party says mobilise support for its candidate and will protect votes on election day.
The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, said FDC officials have been officially informed about the disbandment of what he called a militia. “If there is any violence, we are going to deal with it,” Gen. Kayihura said.
However, FDC officials in a meeting with Gen. Kayihura and EC officials refused to disband Power 10 saying police haven’t produced any evidence that it has any criminal motives.
Mr Birigwa denied that Power 10 was a militia, but a group meant to mobilise people to protect their votes on the polling day. “Power 10 is about one person mobilising others to have a group of 10 to protect votes and also to vote for our presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye,” Mr Birigwa told journalists.
Gen. Kayihura and Electoral Commission officials met FDC members led by the party chairman, Mr Wasswa Birigwa, over the weekend to convince them to disband the group.