Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) continues to operate in violent but familiar conditions as it treks through Soroti City East constituency to garner votes for its candidate Moses Okia Attan as he seeks to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the area in the by-election on Thursday.
The FDC personnel have to manoeuvre through heavy police and military deployment to reach the voters. The opposition party has described the act of such military deployment as ‘a show of Gen. Museveni’s cowardice, patronage and banditry.’
Yesterday, former FDC president Dr. Kizza Besigye swiftly beat a police stoppage roadblock in Jinja manned to stop him from accessing Soroti but police have denied he was the target.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told a press conference in Kampala today morning that the roadblock was not targeting Besigye but his driver, Kato Fred, who had committed a traffic offence.
Kato was arrested together with others at Igar Restaurant in Jinja City and detained at Nalufunya Police Station. He has since been given a bond and freed. Police warned Kato and threatened him with prosecution if he committed similar traffic offences.
Amidst all this, FDC is determined to win Soroti City East constituency, a seat they lost after a court ruling in May said the Electoral Commission erred when it moved two parishes from Soroti East to Soroti West.
“We would like to inform Gen. Museveni Tibuhaburwa, that the people of Soroti are prepared to fight back against his savagery, and police aggression,” FDC said as campaigned through Soroti ahead of the vote on Thursday.
Speaking to voters at Opiyai, Besigye advised the people there to vote for Attan to fight for justice because he is a trusted person.
Some of the top FDC leaders in Soroti to ensure Attan wins are President Patrick Oboi, Dr Kizza Besigye, and Secretary General Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Hon. Adeke Anna Ebaju, Hon.Kabuusu Moses, Hon. Alobo Joan, Hon. Esodo Stellah, Hon. Isabirye Aga, and Hon. Emigu Julius.
In the race, Attan faces fierce competition from National Resistance Movement candidate Herbert Ariko and Pascal Amuriat of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).