Uganda: Police Blocks Anti-Museveni Book Launch

Police in Kampala blocked the launch of a book thought to be critical of President Yoweri Museveni.

The book, titled: 'Unsowing the Mustard Seed' which seeks to counter President Museveni's autobiography 'Sowing the Mustard Seed' was scheduled to be launched by Jobless Brotherhood, a youth pressure group famously known for using yellow-painted pigs in their protests.

The book launch, which was planned for this afternoon, was expected to be presided over by former Supreme court Judge George Wilson Kanyeihamba. Kampala lord mayor Erias Lukwago and former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye were also expected to attend the event.

But Kampala North Regional Police Commander Wesley Nganizi and Wandegeya District Police Commander Moses Nanoka stormed the venue, Amazing Grace gardens and interrupted the event. They asked all people in attendance to disperse.

The officers said the management of the gardens was unaware of the function and Police was called in by the manager.

However, Norman Tumuhimbise, the president of the Jobless Brotherhood and author of the book said that the management of the venue was fully paid for hosting the event. He also presented receipts confirming payment of Shs 250,000 to the garden.

He adds that the book is not aimed at tarnishing the image of the president but rather but to bring out major challenges Ugandans have faced since the NRM captured power in 1986. During an interview with NBS TV today morning, Tumuhimbise said that they had invited 80 people for the book launch.

He said after reading Museveni's autobiography and listening to other 'credible' narratives and accounts of people present during the NRA liberation struggle, he found that Museveni was short on some truths in his book which was evised to a newer version and relaunched last year.

Tumuhimbise said he "countered page per page, paragraph per paragraph" of Sowing the Mustard Seed.

Source: The Observer.


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