Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabzi is headed to Eastern Uganda for his consultation meetings, ahead of the 2016 presidential campaigns and elections after he was cleared by the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.
Mr Mbabazi is expected to hold several meetings on his presidential bid in districts of Soroti, Jinja, Kapchorwa and Mbale, among others.
The communications director of Mbabazi campaign task force Ms Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi said during his maiden trip to Eastern Uganda as a presidential aspirant, he (Mbabazi) will meet local leaders engage in a tree planting exercise with the locals before holding a political rally in Mbale.
“I don’t expect any disorderly conduct unless it’s instigated,” Mr Mbabazi said earlier on.
Gen Kayihura asked Mr Mbabazi to adhere to the provision s of the Public Order Management Act.
“Reference is made to your letter dated September 1, 2015 notifying us of your planned consultation meetings in accordance with section 5 of the Public Order Management Act. Following your introduction to the Electoral Commission and picking the required nomination papers, you are cleared to hold the consultation meetings as scheduled,” Gen Kayihura said in a September 4 letter addressed to Mr Mbabazi.
“However, take note that you should fully comply with the provisions of the Public Order Management Act. For instance, you should furnish the respective district police commanders with evidence of consent to use the premises from owners or managers. The meetings are expected to be peaceful, but should they tend to be violent, they will be called off and reconvened only when order has been restored,” Gen Kayihura added.
Mr Mbabazi who intends to contest for presidency as an independent candidate in the 2016 elections was in July this year stopped by police as he headed to Mbale to launch his consultation meetings with his supporters.