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Police block Besigye, Lukwago fundraising rally in Kaliro

Dr Kizza Besigye addresses journalists at his office on Katonga Road on Thursday morning. File photo.

Police yesterday (Saturday) blocked former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago from attending a fundraising rally organized by NBS journalist and former Bulamogi county MP candidate Simon Muyanga Lutaaya.

The rally organized in Kamuli district was aimed at raising Shs290 million that the Court of Appeal awarded Muyanga’s political opponent and incumbent MP Kenneth Lubogo as compensation for the court costs.

The Police were seen chasing away local residents who had gathered to attend the rally.

Lutaaya, who contested for the Parliamentary seat on the FDC ticket in the 2016 general election, has to pay Shs290m to NRM’s Lubogo.

Lutaaya lost a case when he petitioned High Court, accusing Lubogo of alleged electoral malpractice.

Lutaaya had invited his supporters and a number of friends from the Opposition to attend the fundraising ceremony, but the police cordoned off the venue.

Lutaaya, however, told PML Daily that drive has to continue.

“I have no option apart from conducting a fundraising ceremony to solicit money from friends.
“Failure to pay, I may be jailed for years,” he said.

Its not clear whether Lutaaya got permission from Police to organise the ceremony or whether the drive is part of the Tubalemese campaign recently launched by the Opposition.

Embattled Simon Muyanga Lutaaya. File photo.

Besigye and other prominent opposition figures on Thursday announced a campaign to uproot 317 NRM legislators who supported the lifting of Presidential age limit.Majority MPs from the ruling party NRM and few opposition supported the bill to amend the Constitution to allow citizens above 75 years to contest for the Presidency.

Speaking to Journalists at his office Katonga Road, Besigye said they are identifying strong and influence citizens who are going to defeat NRM MPs in the next general elections

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