“Bullets and teargass have locked Jinja town as police tried to disperse the people’s president Kizza Besigye’s supporters have received as he walked out of NBS Radio studios where he had appeared for about 3 hours. As soon as they saw their President people started singing and shouting slogans in praise of Kizza Besigye. The police swung on action to disperse them” (Uganda Live TV, 16.03.2019).
We have seen this going on before, as the Leader of the Opposition, the People’s President of the People’s Government, the stark alternative to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its President. Today, the People’s President Dr. Kizza Besigye was scheduled to be a guest at the NBS Radio 89.4 FM on the 10 AM “On Air” there.
We are seeing that the popularity of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader is still there, as his consistency cannot be understated. The persistence of his work and trying to have a peaceful transition from the NRM to a democratic elected government, which is not rigged in and directly manifested control by all security organization. Which also was in play today.
We are again seeing that the Police Force and Resident District Commissioner Eric Sakwa couldn’t contain the citizens, the supporters of Besigye there. Again, they had to use violent force to stop them and get the meeting to stop.
Surely, this sort of meeting and gathering wasn’t notified or followed the ordinary protocol of the Public Order Management Act. Alas, this was the supporters and the public itself turning up and not planning this. This is what can be called suction and surge of the public towards a popular leader. Not just some random suspect. That is why usually the radios are banned or blocked before the FDC leader comes. Because, the state cannot manage the popularity of Besigye and does whatever it can to contain it. Even break their own laws to stifle his movement or party works.
The people should be allowed to post up somewhere. They should be allowed to gather and show support of a political leader. That is why the Police went all out crazy and made fuzz. Surely, Besigye have been in this before and not the last time either. As long as Museveni rules, this will be the law. Even if it is foolish and making the police look partisan, which it is. Kifeesi at its best. Peace.