Members of Uganda’s opposition under the Free and Fair Elections Now campaigns have gladly noted the absolute lack of disruption of their meetings by police.
Dr Kizza Besigye, a member of the campaign, says there was absolutely no disruption of their town hall meetings, rallies and radio programmes in Arua, Nebbi, Gulu and Kitgum districts.
However, he did not that there were under handed attempts by police to stop their meetings.
Last week the coordinators of the campaign met Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima, Maj General Kale Kayihura the Inspector General of Police and other top police commanders.
In the meeting they agreed that there will be no more police interruptions of the free and fair elections campaign now. It was also agreed that the group would notify the Internal Affairs Minister of all their movements and at the local level notify the district police commanders.
Dr Besigye says the peaceful rallies were an indication that the problem was never on their part but of the police and top generals in government. The group had set off with their campaigns peacefully until when they got to Soroti, Kabale and Kasese where the rallies were disrupted and some of the leaders arrested.
The opposition is hopeful that the spirit that was exhibited by the police by not attacking people who own businesses such as town halls and those who attend the rallies would continue. But Besigye called on the security agencies to stop the underhand methods of intimidating their coordinators.
The opposition leaders also took note of the plight of the people in northern Uganda who are living in extreme poverty. They noted that situation in urban areas is not that much better with many people seeking consolation in sports betting houses or pool tables. These conditions the opposition leaders say will only be resolved through a change of government that can be achieved through free and fair elections and accepted electoral reforms.
They are now set to go the districts of Hoima, Masindi, Mubende and Kabarole.