A number people were on Wednesday injured as the Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye and other party members attempted to deliver food aid to hundreds of famine hit supporters in Toroma County, Katawki district district. However, what had started as peaceful event turned violent after the East Kyoga regional police commander Francis Tumwesigye ordered for the dispersal of people using live bullets and tear gas. Dr Besigye was accompanied by the Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Kawempe South MP Mubarak Muyangwa, FDC party president Mugisha Muntu and the party secretary for mobilization Ingrid Turinawe, a mong others.
Mr Francis Tumwesigye told journalists that police decided to use force to disperse the crowd that had illegally gathered. He also noted that they needed to examine the food before they allow distribution.
“We are not sure of the safety of food, so it’s worth examining it before given out, ” he said, adding that police was not consulted by Mr Besigye before he started distributing the food.
Attempts by the retired Bishop for Soroti Bernard Obaikol to settle the impasse seemed fruitless as the shooting of live ammunition and teargas continued.”I think it’s better to allow the food distribution to go on, the people have starved and the truth is food shortage is real,” he explained. According to the Daily Monitor the charged crowd accused the RPC for being insensitive to their plight.
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