Police in Kampala have clarified on the heavy deployment of their personnel seen at the headquarters of the opposition political party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) on Sunday, saying they did not have intentions to arrest any individual or politician.
FDC leaders in Rubaga division had organized a grassroot leaders’ meeting at Kabaka Njagala but shifted it to FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi reportedly due to the condoning off of their premises by security.
At Najjanankumbi, the meeting was successfully held in one of the halls, with some of the party’s top leaders including four-time Presidential contestant, Kizza Besigye and FDC President, Patrick Oboi Amuriat, addressing the crowd.
However, a heavy police presence was visible outside the precincts with officers masked in protective gear and holding a number of anti-riot items. The officers blocked cars of the party officials from moving out of the offices for some time.
On Monday, while addressing journalists at the Police headquarters, Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigire said the deployment was only intended to prevent an unlawful procession into the city that they (Police) were tipped was being planned the opposition party.
“We didn’t have any intention of arresting any individual but the deployment was to prevent the outcome of the meeting depending on the information we had received that FDC leaders had organized an illegal procession from their headquarters through Ndeeba to Mengo via Nateete,” Owoyesigire said.
He said by Police was successful on its objective to preventing the likely procession since none took place.