The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has today petitioned the High Court, seeking it to restrain the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura from disrupting the party presidential campaigns.
Through Sewankambo and Company Advocates, Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye filed the petition to stop Gen. Kayihura from interfering with the internal politics of FDC. “He should know that it is not his duty or mandate to decide on what activity should take place in the party, his role only stops only from policing,” Mwijukye said.
And, speaking to journalists at the High Court today, Mwijukye revealed that in August the FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi wrote a letter to the IGP notifying him about party campaigns and that Gen Kayihura responded, imploring the FDC ‘to cooperate with police for smooth running of their activities’.
However, he said, that the police, under the guise of the Public Order and Management Act (POMA), has been disrupting their campaigns with arguments that that police was not informed about the FDC rallies.
According to Mwijukye, who is the head of the campaign task force for FDC presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat Obol, his candidate has always been stopped from conducting rallies. He gave examples of Lira, Gulu and, Rukungiri, where Mr. Obol’s supporter, one Edson Nasasira, was shot dead.
“What interest does the IGP have with some FDC candidates” Let him declare so that we know that he has some peculiar interests in candidates and against the other candidates other than disorganizing us as a political party,” Mwijukye said.